Poor ultrafine dust levels... emergency fine dust reduction measures issued in Seoul and Chungcheongbuk-do Province
Updated: 2019-12-10 09:29:44 KST
Just as we thought the cold spell has gone away we're now faced with high levels of ultrafine dust that are choking the whole nation.
For more on this, we connect with our Kim Bo-kyoung, who's outside in Gangnam to tell us more.
Hi, Jiyoon, like you said ultrafine dust has reached a 'high level' right now and it is necessary to wear face masks.
As you can see on my phone now, the ultrafine dust concentration is over 50 micrograms per cubic meter nationwide. That's quite a bit worse than the normal range of between 15 and 35 micrograms per cubic meter.
The Environment Ministry issued fine dust advisories from 6 AM to 9 PM today in the capital areas including Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do Province and Chungcheongbuk-do Province as ultrafine dust concentration in the capital area is expected to rise up to 75 micrograms per cubic meter today. Levels in Chungcheongbuk-do Province were already over 50 on Monday and are also expected to be around that level today.
Accordingly, emergency fine dust reduction measures have been issued for the first time this season in these regions.
Grade five emissions vehicles will be banned from operating in Seoul and the surrounding area until 9 PM and if operated, the drivers will be fined around 83 U.S. dollars. Furthermore, public sector vehicles and public sector workers' vehicles that have plates ending with odd numbers are not allowed to be used.
It sounds like people in capital area and Chungcheongbuk-do Province especially will have to wear their masks. I hear there is going to be a new service provided for foreigners too regarding these warnings?
Yes, Jiyoon. That's correct.
Foreigners will now be able to get translated text messages warning them of not only fine dust levels, but also cold snaps and heat waves.
Korea Tourism Organization said on Monday that it will cooperate with Ministry of Public Administration and Security to provide services that will send emergency text messages to tourists in foreign languages.
This service will immediately translate the disaster advisory text messages into eight foreign languages including English and Chinese. and will send them to foreigners residing in Korea and to foreign tourists.
The service is available on an app called 'Emergency Ready' or will be provided through the '1330 Korea Travel Hotline' app.
Back to you, Jiyoon.