Tsunami threat spreading via WhatsApp false

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THE information regarding a potential tsunami threat spreading via WhatsApp is false, said the Brunei Meteorological Department (BMD) in a press release.

It said the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) had not released any official tsunami warning.

The department issued the weather advisory at 12.20pm yesterday regarding Typhoon Haima.

The typhoon was located around the Philippines’ northern tip yesterday. “The typhoon is moving West North West at 30 km/h with maximum winds of 130 km/h,” BMD said.

The public can expect occasional heavy and gusty rain over the Brunei waters and coastal areas until Saturday.

The strong wind gust may increase the wave height to above 1.5 metres, making it dangerous for small boat operations.

“Wind gust up to 50 km/h is expected in or near heavy rain,” it said.

There is also a risk of flash flood at low-lying and flood prone areas during continuous heavy downpour.

BMD advised the public not to spread any unverified weather information through social media as this may cause panic and fear among members of the public.

Weather advisories or warnings will be issued by the department when necessary. For weather information, the public can visit _www.met.gov.bn _or http://www.facebook.com/bruneiweather.

The public can also contact the duty meteorological forecaster through the weather line 114.

The Brunei Times