18h ago to /d/Nature 1 53 546 Biblical dust storm turns Mardin, Turkey into a scenery on Mars
Unusual weather conditions have resulted in a huge amount of dust gathered from both Syria and Iraq being dumped on the town of Mardin in south-east Turkey causing mass disruption for the people who live there. Bizarre weather conditions turn Turkish sky "Mars red"
The rare weather event appears to have been triggered by an extremely high wind sandstorm which resulted in a large quantity of sand from the deserts of both Syria and Iraq being transported a huge distance to south-east Turkey. The volume of sand collated above Mardin in Turkey where it was intercepted by heavy rains which saturated the sand, making it much heavier and causing it to cascade onto the settlement in the form of mud.
The initial cascade gave rise to terrifying scenes with local people reporting that the sun was blocked out and that the sky was colored red for a significant period. This frightening phenomenon was described as looking very similar to the bleak and barren Martian landscape by some with others saying that it looked more the like an apocalyptic vision.
Mardin has been most significantly disrupted by the unusual weather event with widespread power outages being reported, and all flights to the city from the Turkish capital of Ankara have been canceled for the time being.
There have also been reports that the problems caused by the sandstorm have spread further afield. Various provinces in the south-east of Turkey including Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, and Batman have all suffered from reduced visibility and serious problems with air quality. In all of these regions, the weather conditions have prompted public offices to allow disabled people, pregnant women and anyone suffering from illnesses to stay at home until the situation improves. Close to the Syrian border, parents have also decided that they will keep small children at home instead of sending them to school owing to the fears caused by the disconcerting red sky phenomenon.
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