Air quality good in most parts of Taiwan Saturday

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

As of noon, only the populous parts of western Kaohsiung City and Puli and Zhushan in Nantou County in central Taiwan were seeing air quality that was unhealthy for the general public, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

In parts of Nantou, Chiayi and Kaohsiung, the air quality was unhealthy for the sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease.

For the rest of the country, the air quality was moderate to good, especially in eastern Taiwan and in the north, including Hsinchu and Miaoli Counties, where the air quality is good (green).

For Sunday, the air quality in parts of Kaohsiung and neighboring Pingtung could still flash red, indicating the air is unhealthy for the general public.

Central Taiwan and Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan to its south could see air quality that is unhealthy for the sensitive groups (orange).

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 a pollutant reading of less than 50; yellow indicates "moderate" at 50-100; orange means "unhealthy for sensitive groups" with a reading of 101-150; red indicates "unhealthy" with a range of 151-200; purple signifies "very unhealthy" with a level of 201-300; maroon represents "hazardous" with a reading of 301-500.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel