Monday, January 7, 2013

Live blog: 'Terengganu Tsunami' hoax spreads as storm 'Sonamu' nears

Recent Natural Disasters 2013: Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang are placed on high alert for a tropical storm Sonamu which is expected to make landfall today. There is rumor that 20-foot high tidal waves will hit the state's capital but government officials have said that no mini-tsunami will occur.
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Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin in Pahang, Malaysia are most likely to be flooded during the tropical storm Sonamu. At least 150 members of the Civil Defence Department have been put on standby in the state capital. Three Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) helicopters are currently put on standby to help the disaster victims.
There is rumor that 20-foot high tidal waves will hit the state's capital but government officials have said that no mini-tsunami will occur.
DR: Tsunami hoax has spread over Terengganu and Kelantan region of Malaysia. Lots of Malaysians are asking us about the predicted Tsunami wave in Terengganu and Kelantan region of Malaysia on January 8, 2013.
Please don't run behind such disaster rumors. Government officials have said that no mini-tsunami will occur. Rumor may have spread as Terengganu and Kelantan region of  Malaysia is currently battering with floods. Further storm 'Sonamu' is forecast to strike today. Below you can get live updates on storm Sonamu, its location, impacts, forecast and others.

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Tropical storm Sonamu is forecast to strike Indonesia at about 12:00 GMT on 8 January. Sonamu is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 64 km/h (40 mph). Sonamu is the first storm of 2013 in the East Sea.


Update January 9, 2012; 01:00 UTC
Sonamu is currently located 415 km North West of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Strong Wind - Rough Seas Warning by The Malaysian Meteorological Department
(Translated- google translate)
Issued at 2:29 AM, January 9th, 2013

THIRD CATEGORY WARNING

WARNING ON STRONG WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS

SECTION A: WARNING TO THE PUBLIC

Northeast winds with a speed of 40-50 kmph with wave heights exceeding 3.5 meters in the coastal waters of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Tioman, East Johor, Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah West is expected to continue until Friday, January 11, 2013.

Condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small boats, recreational sea activities and sea sports.

SECTION B: WARNING FOR SHIPPING

WARNING CATEGORY 3:

Northeast winds with a speed of 60 kmph with wave heights exceeding 4.5 meters in the coastal waters of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, East Johor, Samui, Tioman, Condore, Reef North, Layang-Layang & Palawan is expected to continue until Friday, January 11 2013.

In addition, the coastal areas in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor East vulnerable to sea level rise. The situation is expected to continue until Friday, January 11, 2013.

Condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to all coastal and shipping activities, including workers on oil rigs.

WARNING CATEGORY 2:

Northeast winds with a speed of 50-60 kmph with waves up to 4.5 meters in the coastal waters of Sarawak (Rejang, Mukah, Bintulu & Miri), Labuan, Sabah (Outback, West Coast & Kudat) & Reef South is expected to continue until Friday, January 11, 2013.

Condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to all shipping and coastal activities including fishing and ferry services.

WARNING CATEGORY 1:

Northeast winds with a speed of 40-50 kmph with waves up to 3.5 meters in the coastal waters of Sarawak (Kuching), Sabah (Sandakan), Bunguran & Sulu are expected to continue until Friday, January 11, 2013.

Condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small boats, recreational sea activities and sea sports.

THUNDERSTORM WARNING:

i) Thunderstorm activities over waters Condore and Reef North are expected to continue until late in the morning, Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

At the same time, strong winds with speeds in excess of 60 kmph with waves up to a height of over 4.5 meters are dangerous to all coastal and shipping activities, including workers on oil rigs.

ii) Thunderstorm activity in coastal waters of Sarawak (Mukah, Bintulu and Miri) & Reef South is expected to continue until late in the morning, Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

At the same time, strong winds with speed reaching 50-60 kmph with waves up to 4.5 meters height are dangerous to all shipping and coastal activities including fishing and ferry services.

iii) Thunderstorm activities over waters of Sulu is expected to continue until late in the morning, Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

This condition can cause strong winds of up to 50km / h and rough seas with waves up to 3.5 meters and dangerous to small boats.

Update 11:00 UTC
The movement of 'Sonamu' appeared to be stationary according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency and is expected to dissipate in the next 24 hours. "Sonamu" has already been downgraded to a "tropical depression".

Update 10:00 UTC
Following the latest notice from National Security Council, Sonamu storm has been warning lifted. Now, Tropical storm Sonamu is not expected to hit the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

Update 04:00 UTC
The Malaysian Meteorological Department in its latest update mentions Sonamu to cause strong winds and rough seas in the South China Sea.

Update 03:50 UTC
Forecasters predicts downpour to coincide with high tide and Kemaman to be one of the worst-hit areas, along with Dungun, Besut, Hulu Terengganu and Setiu.
Sonamu impact in Vietnam: One fisherman killed in central province of Binh Thuan. A fishing boat in Binh Thuan was sunk offshore Vung Tau city on the morning of January 4.

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