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Red wave descends on Australian town

Staff writers
January 12, 2013 — The skies turn red along the coast near a small town in Western Australia.

High winds and prolonged dry conditions made for an eye-popping spectacle on the coast of Western Australia on Wednesday.

Winds gusting to more than 100 km/h in the area whipped up an impressive dust storm near the town of Onslow.

Local media report the "red wave" image was caused as the storm's wind and rain dumped the sand and dust it had taken off the land.

That storm is said to be unrelated to a cyclone that was bearing down on the same area of Australia with winds gusting up to 100 km/h on Friday.

Elsewhere in Australia, firefighters in the states of New South Wales and Tasmania continued to battle fires sparked by prolonged dry conditions and record-breaking heat.

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