Toxic Haze to Linger Until Wednesday

Toxic haze which has made the air murky in the Seoul metropolitan area and on the west coast since Friday will likely linger until Wednesday.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government issued a preliminary ultrafine particle alert for the second day on Sunday. It is issued when the concentration of ultrafine particles stays over than 60㎍/㎥ for two hours.

A man wearing a mask looks at downtown Seoul from Mt. Nam on Sunday. A man wearing a mask looks at downtown Seoul from Mt. Nam on Sunday.

The concentration of fine particles had been at the mildly dangerous level of 81-120 ㎍/㎥ on average in Seoul since Friday. On Sunday, levels rose to a dangerous 121~180㎍/㎥ or higher across the country.

According to the National Institute of Environmental Research, fine particles will probably stay at the mildly dangerous level of 81-120 ㎍/㎥ in most parts of the country until Wednesday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 24, 2014 10:03 KST