Bicol placed on heightened alert for Korean space shuttle launch

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This handout provided provided by Korea Aerospace Research Institute shows engineers near the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-I (KSLV-I) on its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea. South Korea plans to go ahead with a delayed rocket launch next week in its third bid in four years to put a satellite into orbit, officials said.
This handout provided provided by Korea Aerospace Research Institute shows engineers near the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-I (KSLV-I) on its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea. South Korea plans to go ahead with a delayed rocket launch next week in its third bid in four years to put a satellite into orbit, officials said.

LEGAZPI CITY (27-Nov-2012/PNA) – The Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Tuesday heightened its alert status in view of the 3rd launching of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV1) on Thursday, a ranking official of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said Tuesday.

Raffy Alejandro, OCD regional director and RDRRMC chairperson, activated the Operation Center and advised all local disaster councils to be on Blue Alert (on stand-by) on Wednesday and on Red Alert (24 hour operations) on Thursday.

The OCD has also reactivated and placed on stand-by two Quick Response Teams in case rocket debris fall on Bicol waters.

Alejandro said he has advised the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to enforce the No Sail, No Fly Zones and No fishing policies in the eastern seaboard of Bicol.

Provinces along the eastern seaboard are Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Norte.

Alejandro, however, said that commercial plane flights from Manila to various airports in Bicol and vice versa will not be suspended on Thursday since Bicol airways are not included in the flight path of the rocket launch.

Still, Alejandro expressed optimism that rocket debris would not fall in the region as the Korean Rocket booster is expected to fall on the Pacific Ocean some 600 nautical miles East of Luzon. (PNA)

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