Air quality fair on Tuesday except for southern Taiwan

Taipei--The air quality was moderate to good around Taiwan Tuesday with the exception of southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of noon, only parts of Kaohsiung and Pingtung were seeing air quality that was unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

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).

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; and maroon represents "hazardous" with a reading of 301-500.

The air quality on Wednesday is forecast to flash red in Kaohsiung and Pingtung; orange in central Taiwan and Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan; yellow in northern Taiwan, Hsinchu, Miaoli and Yilan; and green in Hualien and Taitung.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel