NDRRMC: Don't fear South Korea rocket launch

Posted at 10/10/12 10:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines - People should not believe text messages on the alleged dangers of a South Korean rocket launch that will send a satellite to space, authorities said Wednesday.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Undersecretary Benito Ramos said the rocket's booster part will land on the sea and not on land.

He said the public should keep themselves informed with updates from th NDRRMC.

The NDRRMC earlier said the launch will be held between October 27 to 31 of this year. 

The launch was scheduled between 1530H-1900H (Korea Standard Time) or 0630H-1000H (Universal Time Code). Philippine time is between 2:30pm to 6:00pm.
The NDRRMC said the solid-fueled rocket's boosters will disintegrate from the satellite in three stages.

First stage debris might fall 450 Nautical Miles east of Palanan, Isabela, 2nd stage debris might fall at 340 nautical miles  eastern part of Samar province, and 3rd stage debris might fall at the eastern part of Surigao province.

A "no-fly, no-fish, no-sail zone" will be declared over the areas where the debris are estimated to fall. The zone will cover a 600x400 square kilometer area on the Pacific Ocean on the Philippine Eastern Seaboard.

He said the prohibition will cover the entire area of Bicol Region, Samar and Leyte provinces and CARAGA Region.
Ramos believes that the specific grid coordinates where the debris will fall is not generally known to fisherfolks and ordinary people. This is the reason why he wants a general no-fishing zone in the area where the debris will fall.

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute reported that there is no possible danger of radiation since the rocket will be using solid fuel and not nuclear batteries. - with a report from Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News