Seattle ranks #1 as the worst major city in air quality and pollution in the world
Evening of flying into Seattle on Alaska Airlines courtesy of Jody Wheeler.

SEATTLE, WA - According to the World Air Quality Index from IQ Air, Seattle Washington was the #1 major city in the world with the worst air quality Friday afternoon, but shortly surpassed by Portland Oregon.

Seattle's air quality is officially listed as 'Very Unhealthy' with a, Air quality Index of 241. The air quality index is a measurement from the EPA that ranges from 0 to 500. Good air quality is generally measured between 0 and 50.

According to WDE, air quality across the region could vary from moderate to hazardous. Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, running nose and can aggravate heart and lung diseases. WDE said to limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it's smoky outside. 

People are encouraged to limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky.

For tips on how to keep your family safe, check out recommendations from the Department of Health HERE.

Air quality and pollution city ranking from IQ Air

1Seattle, USASeattle, USA243134K 
2Portland, USAPortland, USA22485.3K 
3San Francisco, USASan Francisco, USA195417K 
4Vancouver BC, CanadaVancouver BC, Canada171119K 
5Dubai, United Arab EmiratesDubai, United Arab Emirates158217K 
6Los Angeles, USALos Angeles, USA1562.71M 
7Tashkent, UzbekistanTashkent, Uzbekistan15427.8K 
8Kuwait City, KuwaitKuwait City, Kuwait15436.3K 
9Delhi, IndiaDelhi, India1521.54M 
10Jakarta, IndonesiaJakarta, Indonesia1391.44M