Excessive levels of ultraviolet rays detected in eastern Taiwan

2017/07/16 12:17:37
CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Excessive levels of ultraviolet rays have been detected in eastern and northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), which urged the public to take precautions.

As of 10:00 a.m., the UV index observed across Taiwan had ranged between levels 5-9, while those in Keelung in the north, Yilan in the northeast and Tatachia and Taitung in eastern Taiwan had hovered between levels 8-9, the EPA reported.

Readings of between 10 and 8 indicate excessively high UV levels, and sunburn can occur within 20 minutes of exposure, while index levels of 11 or higher are considered dangerous and can cause sunburn within 15 minutes of exposure, the EPA said.

It warned the public to avoid outdoor activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or to take precautions against the bright sun when going outside.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Flor Wang)
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