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'Extreme' levels of ultraviolet radiation detected around Taiwan

2017/08/13 13:43:02

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Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Most parts of Taiwan were vulnerable to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation on Sunday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), which urged the public to take precautions.

People in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan, where the EPA's standard UV index hit 14 on Sunday at 1 p.m., were at the greatest risk, the EPA said.

The UV index hit 13 on the outlying island of Penghu and parts of Chiayi County, Taichung and Miaoli County and 12 in parts of Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Yunlin, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taitung at 1 p.m., while the rest of Taiwan faced ultraviolet radiation levels of between 8 and 11, according to EPA data.

Under the UV index, readings of 11 or higher are considered "extreme" and can cause sunburn within 15 minutes of exposure, according to the EPA.

Readings of between 8 and 10 indicate very high UV ray levels, and sunburn can occur within 20 minutes of exposure. Readings between 6 and 7 mean that one can get sunburn after being exposed to the sun for 30 minutes, the EPA said.

The EPA cautioned people around the country to avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and urged those who had to go outdoors to take extra precautions.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)