As is being reported in the news and across Twitter, a massive sandstorm from China is making its way across Japan this weekend. The thickest part just crossed over Tokyo, plunging the city into a strange yellow-colored darkness.

Below is the normal view from my apartment (photographed December, 2012), and then below that is the sandstorm and pollution-induced view as of 14:00 JST on March 10, 2013:

Good Morning, Tokyo

China Sandstorm in Tokyo

Update: Despite conflicting information, the Japan Meteorological Agency confirmed the origin of the aeolian dust storm was China as shown in this fairly convincing graphic:


Daryl DuLong


3 Responses to Sandstorm from China Crosses Tokyo

  1. Yvonne Dailey says:

    I hope you were inside

  2. Delia says:

    How long before you would dare step outdoors?

  3. Daryl says:

    Indeed, it was safer to stay indoors, particularly during the initial part. The whole experience lasted for most of the afternoon, with the peak dust cloud hanging around for about 2 hours.

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