Seeing red: Sand storm sweeps across Libyan city

red-sandstormThe port city of Tobruk on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast near Egypt has turned red, as a dust storm has smothered the area, according to reports on social media

Dust and sand storms are one of the most extreme weather phenomena that affect Libya. Common in the Sahara desert and other arid and semi-arid regions around the world, they are produced when a strong and turbulent wind lifts large quantities of dust or sand into the atmosphere.

Red dust storms can increase air pollution to “very high levels” and aggravate breathing problems. Health professionals warn the dust may irritate lungs and cause flare ups in asthma. read more