Air quality mostly good in Taiwan

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

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, the air quality in Fengshan, Qianzhen and Xiaogang districts of Kaohsiung flashed red, indicating the air is unhealthy for the general public, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan in central Taiwan, as well as Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south, the air quality flashed orange, signaling the air 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 some areas in the north, including Dayuan, Guanyin and Pingchen in Taoyuan and Sanyi in Miaoli, where the air quality is good (green).

For Monday, the air quality in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan to its south and in parts of Kaohsiung and neighboring Pingtung could flash red.

Central Taiwan could see air quality that is unhealthy for the sensitive groups.

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