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Enormous Sand Storm in China

Enormous Sand Storm in China

This massive sand storm in northern China is affecting regions from the Taklimakan Desert in the west to the Gobi desert in the east, through Gansu Province and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The city of Dunhuang experienced severely reduced visibility during this sand storm, the strongest to hit the region in 10 years according to the South China Morning Post. This image was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument around 0645Z on April 23, 2014.

Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory