PAGASA denies rumors of acid rain in PH from Japan

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has denied rumors circulating via text message that the Japan nuclear blast, which occurred on Saturday after a magnitude-8.9 earthquake hit the country the day before, will cause acid rain in the Philippines, reports GMA News Online.

"’Yong hangin galing sa Japan papalayo kaya ’di makakarating sa atin. Hindi totoo ang ulan may kasamang acid," PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio told radio dzBB today. ("The winds from Japan are moving away from us. It’s not true that these winds contain acid rain.")

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo told radio dwIZ today, "There is no immediate threat to the Philippines ... (We are) very optimistic in a few days puwede na natin bitawan ’yan (We are very optimistic in a few days we can declare no threat to the country)."

The Department of Health also assured the public that there was no increase in radiation levels in the Philippines following the Japan nuclear blast, reports GMA News Online. Meanwhile, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute posted on its website that the circulating text messages have "no basis and did not come from the DOST or the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council."

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