A gigantic Saharan dust cloud moving to the southeast of the US. USA It hit parts of the Caribbean, prompting warnings due to dangerous levels of air quality, Reuters reports.
While strong warm winds over the Sahara desert carry columns of sand thousands of kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean each year during the summer months, experts say the dust cloud, nicknamed “Godzilla”, is the densest in 50 years.
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“This is the most significant event in the last 50 years. Conditions are dangerous on many Caribbean islands, “said Pablo Méndez Lázaro, an environmental health specialist at the University of Puerto Rico. Associated Press (AP).
The “Godzilla” dust cloud moved to the eastern Caribbean over the weekend and hit Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and eastern Cuba as it advanced toward Central America and the southern United States, according to Reuters .
Residents throughout the area have warned residents to stay home as much as possible and wear a face mask, especially those with respiratory conditions. Many health specialists were concerned with those dealing with respiratory symptoms related to generalized coronavirus.
José Alamo, meteorologist at the US National Weather Service. USA In San Juan, Puerto Rico, he said that San Juan’s main international airport reported only 5 miles of visibility according to the AP.
An updated computer model forecast (Monday, June 22) of atmospheric dust for the next 10 days. pic.twitter.com/1nTg8vd9M7
– NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) June 22, 2020
A NASA model estimates that much of the dust will dissipate in the Gulf of Mexico before reaching land, and what remains of the cloud will reach Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia later this week. The cloud is expected to bring beautiful sunsets to parts of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.
NASA’s Earth Observatory said the thickest part of the cloud appears to extend about 1,500 miles across the Atlantic.
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. USA (NOAA), the dry and dusty air mass known as the Saharan air layer forms over the Sahara desert and moves across the North Atlantic every three to five days from late spring to early autumn, reaching its point maximum in late June to mid-August.