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‘Godzilla dust cloud’ reached the Amazon river.

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The location of the ‘Godzilla dust cloud’ last week, captured by the NASA-NOAA’s Suomi satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Worldview

 

What is being referred to as a ‘Godzilla dust cloud’, this cloud of dust coming from the Saharan desert, has found its way into the Amazon river. It was observed last week in an area of West Africa, and has travelled more than 5000 kilometers to the Caribbean. The dust cloud has also reached Venezuela last weekend.

 

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Dust particles in Caracas, Venezuela last weekend. 

Image Credit: Miguel/Gutierrez/EPA-EDE/REX/Shutterstock

It is a phenomenon that happens every year, but seems to have intensified this year, hence why it is called ‘Godzilla dust cloud’. Around one hundred million tonnes of Saharan dust blows from Africa, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States (NOAA). The layer of dust can be around 3km thick.

A lot of countries recommended their citizens to wear masks and if possible avoid outdoor activities. In the current situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, health authorities warned individuals of the extra risk the dust cloud poses to those with respiratory problems.

The effects of the dust cloud were already felt at sea in the Caribbean region, with the possibility of low visibility high. Barbados issued a ‘Severe Dust Haze Warning’, and sunsets in Florida and Puerto Rico burned a dusty orange hue.

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