Air quality mostly good around Taiwan on Wednesday

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Air quality mostly good around Taiwan on Wednesday

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) The air quality around Taiwan was generally good Wednesday, even in areas often prone to air pollution in central and southern Taiwan, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 10 a.m., air quality monitoring stations all over the country flashed either "green," suggesting good air quality, or "yellow," signaling fair air quality, on Wednesday, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

The only exception was Kinmen County, which lies just off the coast of southeastern China. The air quality index there flashed "orange," indicating it was unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Fair air quality was detected in Taipei's Yangmingshan, New Taipei's Wanli District and Taoyuan's Dayuan District in northern Taiwan, Nantou County's Zhushan Township and Yunlin County's Mailiao District in central Taiwan, and Meinong, Qiaotou, Fengshan and Nanzi districts in Kaohsiung in the south, network data showed.

The air quality was rated "good" everywhere else.

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 air quality 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.

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