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9 Pictures Of The Insane Smog That Shut Down Chile's Largest City

Can you spot the city amid the pollution?

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1. Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city, declared an "environmental emergency" on Monday for the first time in more than a decade over the insane levels of smog that descended on the city.

2. "We're currently facing unusual conditions, with one of the driest Junes in over 40 years," the environmental ministry said, with "bad air circulation conditions in the Santiago valley in recent days, which boosts the concentration of contamination."


3. As part of the emergency declaration, the government recommended that the region's 7 million people avoid outdoor physical activity. They also ordered 1.7 million cars off the road, especially older models.

4. Several businesses that produce large amounts of pollutants were also closed on Monday. "With so many cars off the roads, subways were packed and officials were forced to close some lines temporarily because of the jam," the Guardian reported.

5. The city is also playing host to the Copa América football tournament, meaning that the Chilean and Uruguayan soccer teams had to practice ahead of their Wednesday match in...this.

Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Regional governor Claudio Orrego put part of the blame on "masked protesters who have used the Copa to try draw attention to their causes by burning barricades in the streets," according to the Guardian. “These people not only have no head, they have no heart,” he said.

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