Taipei--The air quality was moderate to good around Taiwan Friday with the exception of Kaohsiung City and some other parts of southern Taiwan, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.
As of 11 a.m., the air quality in the eastern half of Taiwan, the northern regions of Keelung, Taipei and New Taipei and the western islands of Matsu and Penghu flashed a green light, indicating the air was good in those regions, network data showed (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).
From Hsinchu County in northern Taiwan down to Chiayi County in the south, the air quality was moderate (yellow) to good, with the exception of Zhushan in Nantou County and Chiayi City, where the monitor stations flashed orange, meaning the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups such as young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease.
In Kaohsiung City, air quality in Qiaotou and Qianzhen Districts was red, indicating it was unhealthy for the general public while the rest of the city flashed orange.
For Saturday, the air quality is expected to flash orange in central Taiwan and southern Taiwan from Yunlin County through Pingtung County while all eastern half of Taiwan is expected to enjoy good air quality, according to the network.
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