Air quality mixed around Taiwan Thursday

Taipei--Air quality around Taiwan was mixed Thursday, with the offshore county of Kinmen, as well as central and southern Taiwan seeing air that was unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 10 a.m., air quality at monitoring stations in Kinmen, Linkou in New Taipei in the north, and many places in the central and southern areas flashed "orange," indicating air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups such as young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

Air quality was good (green) in eastern Taiwan, several districts in New Taipei and Taipei, and Hsinchu County, while air was moderate (yellow) in the rest of the country.

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