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Beijing Is Covered In A Dangerous Blanket Of Smog And It Looks Terrifying

Air pollution was recorded at "hazardous" levels in the Chinese capital.

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This was the view from an observatory tower in Beijing on Thursday.

Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters

According to the South China Morning Post, the US embassy recorded an air quality index reading of 545 during the afternoon; any reading over 300 is said to be “hazardous”.

An average reading of 430 was also recorded by Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, marking the worst smog the Chinese city has suffered so far this year.

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