A Massive Dust Storm Ripped Through Belarus, Turning Day Into Night

Nature is a powerful thing.

A massive dust storm rolled into Soligorsk, Belarus this week, forcing thousands inside and quickly turning daytime into total darkness. 

The story was originally reported by Russia Today, who noted that along with the dust came heavy rain and wind. More than 100,000 residents took shelter during the storm, which was a good thing — significant damage was caused by the rains and wind. 

For a combination of rain, dust and wind, this dark overtaking is about as apocalyptic as it gets. The elements that created this dust storm are quite rare this time of year, TIME reported

Footage of the storm:

Science and tech blog i09 also reported on what the storm looked like from space