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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Chinese rocket debris may fall near Sta. Ana, Cagayan-Philippine Space Agency


Cagayan, Philippines – Authorities in Cagayan keep on reminding the public against unburned debris that may fall near Sta. Ana, Cagayan with China’s launching of Long March 7A space launch vehicle Monday, Jan. 09, 2023.


The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) has earlier warned that ‘while the rocket is not projected to fall on land features or inhabited areas, falling debris poses danger and potential risk to ships, aircraft, fishing boats, and other vessels that will pass through the drop zone’.

Drop zone areas projected are 41.686 kilometers away from Sta. Ana, Cagayan; 41.37 kilometers from Camiguin Island in the Babuyan Islands; and 47.844 kilometers from Babuyan Island.


Rueli Rapsing of the Cagayan PDRRMC, as relayed by the Cagayan Provincial Information Office, said they were earlier notified by the national DRRMC regarding the skyrocket launching.


This urged them to meet and quickly give notice of possible occurrences, particularly to the residents of Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

Rapsing, however, said they cannot raise the ‘No Sail’ policy yet since there is no clear information on the whereabouts of the debris.


The PDRRM Officer disclosed they are not informed yet on where the debris has fallen or how big the object is but informed that their office is ready to provide assistance to fishermen that will possibly be affected.


In connection, Rapsing urged the public, especially fishermen to immediately inform them if they happen to see the debris, and warned them not to touch it for safety purposes.


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