By: Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) The air quality in some northern and central parts of western Taiwan Thursday was generally rated “unhealthy,” because of a lack of wind and stable weather that did not disperse atmospheric pollutants, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
As of noon, the EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed an orange warning, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, at 10 monitoring stations in parts of western Taiwan, including seven in northern Taiwan, the EPA’s Air Quality Monitoring Network showed.
The AQI in the leeward northern and central parts of western Taiwan is expected to flash a red waning, meaning unhealthy air for the general public, or an orange alert later Thursday as the conditions were not right for dispersing atmospheric pollutants there, according to the EPA.
In the rest of western Taiwan and all of eastern Taiwan, the air quality will be rated as either good or fair, the EPA forecast. [FULL STORY]