Fukuoka Prepares for China’s PM2.5 Smog cloud

The average daily amount of the toxic air pollutant PM2.5 was forecast to reach 42 micrograms per cubic meter in the city of Fukuoka on Friday, topping the national environmental standard of 35 micrograms, city officials said.

PM2.5, or hazardous particulate matter measuring below 2.5 microns, or 2.5 thousandths of a millimeter, in diameter is drifting from China and the Fukuoka Municipal Government is urging people with respiratory disorders to wear masks and citizens in general to be careful about air pollution.

This is the third time the daily PM2.5 level has been projected to top the allowable level since Feb. 15, when local governments began daily forecasts. The city of Fukuoka also projected the daily amount of PM2.5 would top the allowable level on Feb. 23 and on Tuesday.

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Japan: Kumamoto Issues Air Pollution Warning caused by PM2.5

The Kumamoto prefectural government has become Japan’s first municipality to issue a warning over air pollution caused by PM2.5 under provisional state guidelines introduced last week.

The Kumamoto government issued a warning Tuesday on its Web site and by e-mail after the daily average level of PM2.5, or particulate matter up to 2.5 micrometers in size, was forecast to exceed 70 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

At 5 a.m. (8 p.m. Monday GMT), the level reached 91 micrograms per cubic meter of air at Kumamoto’s Arao government building. The level was 90 micrograms at 6 a.m. and 101 micrograms at 7 a.m.

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