By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Those who plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve countdown parties outdoors should wear masks due to expected extremely poor air quality, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) warned Thursday.
The index for fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) could hit a hazardous level 10 in northern Taiwan and outlying Kinmen and Matsu overnight, according to the EPA.
Level 10 on the 10-tier index represents PM2.5 concentrations of over 70 micrograms per cubic meter and is considered very high. [FULL STORY]