JOHOR BARU: Residents in Johor have been warned of possible high tides next week because of perigee, a phenomenon where the moon is closest to the Earth.
Johor Health and Environment committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said that the Super moon would occur on Nov 14 at around 7.24pm followed by the full moon phenomenon at 9.54pm on the same night.
He said the possible high tide is expected to happen at several areas of Johor Baru's coast on Nov 16 and 17, reaching up to 3.2m high.
“However, the water level is not expected to reach as high as 3.8m like the previous high tide phenomenon on Oct 16 to Oct 20,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
He added that the Civil Defence Department (APM) as well as other agencies had been urged to be on alert and to standby for any possible incidents that could occur.
“Members of the public are advised to not believe unverified news on social media regarding the high tides and the Super moon phenomenon,” he said.
Ayub said that according to National Space Agency (Angkasa), the Super moon phenomenon previously occurred in May 2012, June 2013, Aug 2014 and Sept 2015.
He said that this year however, the moon is expected to be the closest to the Earth in 68 years.
“It is also predicted that the moon will be the nearest to the Earth again 18 years from now,” he said.
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