INTERACTIVE MAP: Where will North Korea rocket debris fall?

Posted at 03/30/12 4:39 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - The second stage of North Korea's long-range rocket is expected to fall just east of Luzon in the Philippines, Pyongyang has confirmed.

North Korea has informed the UN's International Maritime Organization where the rocket's parts will splash down, with the letter's contents apparently being leaked on the Internet.

The first stage of the rocket is expected to come down in waters west of South Korea, the Japanese government said.

The area where the rocket's first stage will fall was also revealed by an advisory made by Japanese maritime authorities, according to the Zarya space flight blog.

The impact site is found within an area enclosed by the following coordinates:

35 12 25N, 124 52 23E
35 12 13N, 124 30 34E
35 55 20N, 124 32 10E
35 55 10N, 124 50 25E

The rocket, which North Korea claims will carry satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 to Earth orbit, will continue on a southward trajectory before jettisoning its second stage in waters east of the Philippines.

The following coordinates enclose the impact site for the second stage:

15 08 19N, 124 46 15E
15 09 35N, 123 45 27E
19 24 32N, 123 54 26E
19 23 08N, 124 45 13E

The coordinates where the rocket's second stage will drop have also been mentioned in advisories and a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by Japanese and Philippine maritime and aviation agencies.

A NOTAM issued by Manila urged aircraft pilots to exercise caution when travelling through airways A582, R597 and A590 during the rocket launch period.

"The air routes affected are A582, which goes from Jomalig island off the eastern coast of Mindanao to Japan’s Kyushu island via Miyako island; A590, which goes from Jomalig to just south of Tokyo; and R597, which feeds on to both preceding air routes from Calabarzon City, north of Manila," according to independent blog North Korea Tech.

Aside from the IMO, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Telecommunication Union have been informed by Pyongyang on details about the rocket launch.

North Korea has started fueling the rocket, according to a report on Thursday by Reuters.

The Philippine government has reportedly sought US help to track the long-range rocket.

"Of course we need the help of the United States to monitor the path because we don't have that capability," Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said. "But with our alliances, we will be provided with the necessary information. We should know the details so that we will know how to inform and warn our people who will be in the (rocket's) path."

On Thursday, Gazmin reiterated concern over the threat of debris falling from the rocket.

"Our main concern here is the debris. If it explodes in the air, where will all that metal fall? We should know so that we will be able to warn all those who could get hit," he said.

Philippine government agencies have not disclosed to the public the exact area where the rocket's second-stage booster is expected to fall. 

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