Air quality fair except parts of northern Taiwan

Taipei--The air quality was moderate to good around Taiwan Saturday with the exception of some parts of northern Taiwan and Xianxi Township in Changhua County, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 11 a.m., the air quality in eastern Taiwan's Hualien and Taitung, the Penghu Islands and some parts of southern Taiwan's Pingtung County flashed a green light, indicating the air was good in those regions, network data showed (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

The air quality in Taipei's Songshan, New Taipei's Wanli, Xizhi, Banqiao, Linkou and Tamsui, and Changhua County's Xianxi, meanwhile, flashed orange, indicating that the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups including young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease.

For the rest of Taiwan, the air quality was yellow, meaning the air quality was "moderate," according to the network.

For Sunday, the air quality is expected to flash orange in northern Taiwan, yellow in Hsinchu, Miaoli, central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Yilan, and green in Hualien and Taitung.

The EPA's six-color scale takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

Green represents good air quality with an index reading of 0-50; yellow indicates moderate with a reading of 50-100; orange means unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups with a reading of 101-150; red indicates unhealthy quality with a range of 151-200; purple signifies very unhealthy levels at 201-300; and maroon represents hazardous levels at a reading of 301-500.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel