Air quality mostly fair around Taiwan Monday

Taipei--Air quality around Taiwan was moderate to good Monday, with good quality air in eastern Taiwan, Taipei City, the southernmost county of Pingtung and the island counties of Penghu and Matsu, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 10 a.m., air quality monitoring stations in western-Taiwan regions from Taoyuan down to Kaoshiung and offshore Kinmen County flashed yellow, indicating moderate air quality, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

For Tuesday, when showers are expected around the country, air quality will again be moderate to good.

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