Chinese rocket in free fall, Civil Protection alert for northern Sicily

The Chinese space rocket “Lunga marcia 5B” is in free fall and also in the northern and central area of ​​Sicily, especially in the provinces of Palermo, Messina, Enna and Catania, the alert goes off.

The rocket last April 29 had brought the first module of the Chinese space station into orbit and is now in an uncontrolled fall towards Earth. The rain of fragments could affect ten Italian regions of the Center-South and is constantly monitored because it is constantly evolving. The trajectory and the falling themes are in fact linked to the behavior of the rocket itself and to the effects that the atmospheric density gives to falling objects, as well as to those related to solar activity.

These are dozens of fragments with a maximum weight of about one hundred kilos, belonging to the Chinese space launcher, which will fall uncontrollably to earth at a speed of about 200 km / h. The return to Earth forecast is set for 2:24 am on the night between Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May, with a six-hour time window of uncertainty.

In that time interval, there are three trajectories that could involve Italy. The technical table will continue to follow all the operations of the return, providing analyzes and updates on the evolution of operations.

“Stay indoors, away from doors and windows” is the council of the Civil Protection, which has provided useful information to population “on the basis of information currently made available by the scientific community”.

“The fragments are unlikely to cause buildings to collapse – indicates the Department -, which therefore are to be considered safer than open spaces “. “The fragments, however, impacting on the roofs of the buildings could cause damage, perforating the roofs themselves and the floors below, thus also causing danger for people. Therefore, the lower floors of the buildings are safer and within the buildings 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 load-bearing walls (thicker ones), for reinforced concrete buildings, near the columns and, in any case, near the walls ”.

“It is unlikely – reads the press release -, that the smallest fragments are visible from the ground before impact; some large fragments could resist the impact. It is generally recommended that anyone who sees a fragment, not to touch it, keeping at a distance of at least 20 meters, and must immediately report it to the competent authorities “.

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