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Joint Region Marianas: No military threat to Guam or NMI

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JOINT Region Marianas said the “atmospheric phenomena” observed on Friday did not pose a military threat to Guam or the CNMI.

JRM Deputy Public Affairs Officer Christian P. Hodge said: "Joint Region Marianas monitors for military threats to this region. We can definitively say there was no military threat to Guam or the CNMI related to this event.”

During the event, Joint Region Marianas was in constant communication with Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense, Hodge added.

“Along with our community partners, JRM remains vigilant and stands ready to defend Guam, the CNMI, our allies, and the nation’s interests in the region," Hodge said.

Many residents in the CNMI and Guam at around 11, Friday evening were alerted by a bright fiery object falling from the sky and disappearing over the horizon.

Multiple videos of the phenomena, which many thought was a falling meteor, were posted on social media.

On Monday some residents on Saipan told Variety that they also heard a “sonic boom” before the streaking light appeared in the night sky.

The CNMI Emergency Operation Center State Warning Point issued the following statement on Dec. 28, 2019 at 2 a.m.:

“Chinese media outlets report that a heavy lift Long March 5 rocket carrying a test satellite payload blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan at 8.45 p.m.

“This commercial space launch occurred at 10:45 ChST and corresponds with a Federal Aviation Authority Notice to Airmen that was active from 10:43 p.m. until 2:41 a.m.

“The atmospheric phenomena that was witnessed in the vicinity of the Marianas occurred around 11:25 p.m. ChST.”


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