Chinese rocket in fall. fragments could fall on Sicily. Better not to leave the house

Fragments of the Chinese rocket could crash on some regions of central-southern Italy: Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia. Citizens are advised to stay indoors, preferably on the lower floors of buildings, and not to touch any pieces of Lunga Marcia 5B “keeping a distance of at least 20 meters”.

The forecasts are constantly updated because they are linked to the behavior of the rocket and the effects that the atmospheric density gives to falling objects, as well as to those related to solar activity: according to the most up-to-date data from the Aerospace Defense Command of North America, the return is currently scheduled at 4:52 am on Sunday 9 May, with a margin of uncertainty of 6 hours. At the moment central-southern Italy is still part of the vast area on which the return could take place and which includes the whole of Africa, southern Asia, the Pacific Ocean, Australia, part of North America, America central and part of South America. New calculations expected in the next few hours will make it possible to further reduce the margin of uncertainty regarding the time and place of the return.

It is unlikely that the fragments will cause the collapse of buildings, which are therefore to be considered safer than in open places “, explains the Civil protection, which advises “to stay away from windows and glass doors”. Furthermore, “the lower floors of buildings” are safer because “the fragments impacting on the roofs of the buildings could cause damage, perforating the roofs themselves and the underlying floors, thus also causing danger for people”. “Inside the buildings – continues the Civil Protection – the structurally safest places to position oneself in the course of a possible impact are, for masonry buildings, under the vaults of the lower floors and in the doorways inserted in the load-bearing walls (those thicker), for reinforced concrete buildings, near the columns and, in any case, near the walls “.