Air quality fair except Kinmen, parts of central, southern Taiwan

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

As of 11 a.m., the air quality in the eastern counties of Yilan and Taitung, northern counties of Hsinchu and Miaoli, central county of Changhua and the western islands of Penghu and Matsu flashed a green light, meaning the air quality in those regions was good, network data showed (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

The air quality in most parts of Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung and Taichung was also good.

The southern port city of Kaohsiung, Kinmen County and parts of Tainan and Pingtung flashed orange, indicating the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups, respectively, according to the network.

For Saturday, the air quality is expected to flash orange in central Taiwan and southern Taiwan from Yunlin County through Pingtung County while all eastern half of Taiwan is expected to enjoy good air quality, according to the network.

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

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel