Taipei--Air quality was moderate to good around Taiwan Monday except the central parts of western Taiwan and the islands of Kinmen and Matsu, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.
As of 11 a.m., the western parts of Taichung, Nantou, Changhua, Yunlin and the islands of Kinmen and Matsu were seeing air quality that was unhealthy for sensitive groups (orange) 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 unhealthy for the general public (red) in the townships of Mailiao and Taixi in Yunlin County.
For the rest of the country, the air quality was mostly moderate (yellow) and in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County and parts of Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City in the south, the air quality was good (green).
For Tuesday, Hualien and Taitung are expected to see good quality air while the rest of the country could have moderate air quality.
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