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'Extreme' UV levels detected in parts of Taiwan

2017/08/20 12:55:38

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Many areas in Taiwan were exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation on Sunday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

People in Tatachia in Nantou, where the EPA's standard UV index hit 15 on Sunday at 12 p.m., were at the greatest risk, the EPA said.

The UV index hit 14 in Yushan and on Orchid Island off Taitung in eastern Taiwan and 13 in Xinwu in Taoyuan, Shalu in Taichung, Yilan, Chenggong and Taitung.

Meanwhile, the index readings of above 11 were detected in several other areas, including Keelung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Changhua, Chiayi, Pingtung, Hualien and Banqiao, according to the EPA.

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 from 8-10 indicate very high UV levels and sunburn can occur within 20 minutes of exposure.

Readings from 6-7 mean that one can get sunburned 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-2 p.m. and urged those who have to go outdoors to take extra precautions.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)
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