Air quality poor around Taiwan

Taipei, March 30 (CNA) Air quality was poor around Taiwan Thursday, with only one monitoring station in Fangshan in the southern county of Pingtung flashing green, indicating good air quality, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA's) Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 11 a.m., the air quality in most parts of western Taiwan, some parts of northern Taiwan, as well as the Kinmen and Matsu islands to the west of Taiwan flashed orange or red, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

Orange indicates that the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups including young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease, and red means that the air quality is unhealthy for the general public.

The air quality in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan, eastern Taiwan's Hualien and Taitung, and many parts of northern Taiwan, meanwhile, flashed yellow, meaning the air quality was "moderate," according to the network.

For Friday, the air quality is expected to flash orange in central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung and yellow in northern Taiwan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung.

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