Dust storms are common in Australia's central desert, the "Red Center," but rarely are they blown eastward toward the coastal cities.
To put the density in perspective, air pollution levels have been measured at 15,500 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter of atmosphere. Compare that to a 10-20 microgram density on a normal, clear day and 300-500 micrograms per cubic meter in a brush fire's heavy smoke.
Elsewhere in Australia, the seemingly apocalyptic conditions aren't just limited to a red sky--earthquakes, hailstorms and bushfires have struck various sites on the eastern coast.
Make it easy for that teenager to sneak a bunch of his friends in for party. This time he may actually not get caught.
When Emrah Gültekin looks at the crumbling facades, dangling laundry lines and narrow streets of Istanbul’s working-class Balat district, he envisions a prosperous neighborhood with the best views and highest prices in the city