EPA issues air pollution warning for central, southern Taiwan

Taipei--The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an air pollution warning on Wednesday for central and southern Taiwan the following day.

The EPA forecast the air quality index (AQI) in central Taiwan, southern Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County on Thursday will flash red, which indicates a level that is unhealthy to all residents, while air quality in the cities and counties of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan is expected to flash orange, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Other areas in Taiwan will see moderate to good air quality, according to the Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network maintained by the EPA http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/AqiForecast.aspx.

On the EPA color scale, 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.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel