Mega-sandstorm turns Tehran into apocalyptic landscape, kills four

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In a freakish and honestly terrifying turn of events, a giant cloud of sand enveloped Tehran today. The temperature plunged from over 90 F to the 60s in minutes. Winds whipped at 70 mile per hour. Trees fell. The power went out. Tehran looked like an apocalyptic horror show.

Although this sandstorm was especially severe, Tehran is no stranger to dust. And sandstorms have been getting worse. Poor agricultural practices like overgrazing have made the countryside barren bowls of dust that feed into storms. Dust storms also blow across lakes that are dried up thanks to mistakes in water management. One hopes not, but perhaps this storm is a sign of things to come.

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This one has killed at least four people and injured many more, had the city's residents reeling. "I've never seen anything like this. I was afraid it was an omen of things to come," one man told the AP. The sandstorm lasted for about 15 minutes before giving away to rain and strong winds.

Illustration for article titled Mega-sandstorm turns Tehran into apocalyptic landscape, kills four
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Photos by AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi


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we were on vacation in Israel a few years ago and were just returning from a day trip to Petra (in Jordan) when a sandstorm whipped up. As we were just supposed to be there just for the day and due to fly back to Tel Aviv, needless to say, we were unprepared when the storm shut down the airport. Luckily, there were little motels within walking distance of the airport and a supermarket that was still open. So we booked a room, bought some toiletries (and underwear), and some other necessities (vodka and mixers) and called our travel agent who rebooked our flight back to the next morning. And we were back in time to the hotel for our breakfast buffet. A nice little unexpected adventure.