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Heavy fog strands 1,500 at airport, closes highways in NW China city


15:28, January 15, 2012

A passenger walks outside the railway station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Jan. 15, 2012. Local meteorologic station issued a red alarm against fog at 7:20 a.m. Sunday. The visibility in some areas of the city was lower than 50 meters. (Xinhua/Wang Peng)

YINCHUAN, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Sunday morning brought heavy fog to the city of Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, stranding over 1,500 passengers after flights were delayed due to low visibility.

The thick fog reduced visibility to just 100 meters at the Hedong Airport, far below the 800-meter minimum needed for planes to safely take off and land, said a spokesman with the Ningxia Airport Company.

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