Friday, August 07, 2009

Air Pollutant Index for Malaysia Borneo (7 Aug 2009)

Forest fires in Indonesia's Kalimantan and Sumatra is causing the occurence of haze in Borneo once again. Haze is caused by "hotspots" (zones with high temperature levels as seen via satellite imagery) especially in Indonesia. The haze severity is measured by air quality or Air Pollutant Index (API) as well as visibility. Below is the latest API reading for some locations in the two states of Malaysia Borneo:

Sabah (API reading at 5pm)

Kota Kinabalu (69)
Sandakan (55)
Tawau (51)
Keningau (72)

Sarawak (API reading at 5pm)

Bintulu (99)
Kapit (56)
Kuching (99)
Limbang (72)
Miri (115)
Samarahan (148)
Sarikei (75)
Sibu (122)
Sri Aman (95)

Legend: API Status

0-50 Good
51-100 Moderate
101-200 Unhealthy
201-300 Very Unhealthy
>301 Hazardous

Source: Department of Environment, Malaysia

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