S. Korea rocket launch: NDRRMC to declare 'no-fly zone', 'no sail zone' areas

South Korea is expected to launch a rocket that will carry a satellite into space on October 26. The launch will be held at the Naro Space Center in Goheung County.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council revealed Tuesday a plan to declare “no fly zone” and “no sail zone” areas along the path of the South Korean rocket.

NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos told the media that the ban would cover provinces in Samar, Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and the Bicol region.

“Our concern is to prepare for possible harm from the debris. Our concern is the safety of the Filipino people,” Ramos said. “Binigyan tayo ng info ng DFA, sa 26 October magpalipad [ang South Korea] ng satellite, 3:30 Korean time. Sa atin delayed one hour, mga 2:30 p.m. ang launch nito.”

Ramos explained that fishermen and maritime vessels will not be allowed to venture into the sea from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Philippine standard time).

According to Ramos, the rocket booster, which is 20 meters in length and 3.9 meters in width, may fall off the Caraga region. The payload fairing, which is about five meters long, located near the tip of the rocket, may fall off Bicol.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute said there is no possible danger of radiation.

“We do not see any nuclear or radioactive material in this missile, but there may be more hazards from the fire or the explosion,” Teofilo Leonin, PNRI chief of the regulations division, said.