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Air quality in Matsu very unhealthy: EPA

2018/04/26 21:12:16

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Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The air quality in the outlying island of Matsu deteriorated Thursday to a level that was deemed "very unhealthy" by afternoon, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

As of 8 p.m., the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) at the monitoring station in Matsu was still flashing a purple warning, signaling "very unhealthy" quality, while at 30-plus stations in western and southern Taiwan the AQI warning was orange or red, the EPA said.

Under the EPA's six-color coded AQI system, an orange warning means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, while red indicates unhealthy for the general public.

The only purple AQI warning in the country Thursday was in Matsu, which rose to a level of 205 for the first time due to ozone pollution from foreign sources, according to Chang Shuenn-chin (張順欽), director of the EPA's Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information Management.

He said, however, that the air quality in Matsu is expected to improve Friday morning, although northeasterly winds are likely to continue to bring ozone pollution from China throughout the rest of April and into May.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Kuan-lin Liu)
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