Super Typhoon Agaton 2014 causes panic online

Super Typhoon Agaton, which is super typhoon “Yolanda”, will hit the Philippines in January 2014 is a rumor that’s circulating on social media.

Based on recent reports, it appears that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) does not deny nor confirm it.

State weather forecaster Gener Quiplong only told ABS-CBN News in an interview:

“It’s too early to predict if the low pressure area (LPA) we are looking into right now will be as strong as Yolanda. Actually, the possibility of that LPA to be a storm is still being monitored. Also, the LPA can be dissolved and not to continue as a storm.”

Rumors about “Super Typhoon Agaton” hitting the Philippines on January 16 to 17 has been spreading on Facebook and Twitter like wildfire as netizens posted warnings and prayers for fellow Filipinos. Some netizens posted that “Agaton” is now in the Philippine area of responsibility, and urged the government to take action.

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