Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan 11 March 2011

Major earthquake and tsunami in Japan

The world watched in horror yesterday (Friday 11 March) as Japan was victim to a substantial earthquake, which in turn resulted in a tsunami that devastated huge areas of the country.

The media coverage transmitted video and images of the devastation as it unfolded, and social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter were a hive of activity as the world tuned in on the disaster.

According to Jim Linton, VK3PC, Chairman, IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, and reported on the Southgate Amateur Radio Club website:

The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) Regional HQ station JA7RL is now involved in emergency communication to support rescue and disaster relief coordination using 7 MHz SSB, 144 MHz SSB/FM and 430 MHz SSB/FM.

- 7.043 MHz is being used by JR3QHQ, the Osaka branch manager of JARL, gathering incident information on radio and forwarding it to the Internet.

- 7.075 MHz is occasionally operated by JL3YSP in Wakayama.

- 7.030 MHz is the JARL emergency communication frequency in its bandplan and is in use by JA7RL (JARL regional HQ station).

Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) Secretary Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, said the efforts being made are purely voluntary. No organized emergency communication has been arranged.

It is clear this major event will be headline news for the days and weeks to come as the full extent of the disaster becomes apparent.

Japan is probably the best prepared nation in the world for this type of crisis and even they weren't equipped for something of this magnitude. This is the most devastating natural disaster I've ever seen in my life. And now they're facing a nuclear meltdown at 1 possibly 5 of their plants.

God help these people. I just couldn't imagine what they must be going through right now. But from what I've seen on the news, they seem to be banding together to deal with this.

We can't even band together to deal with our political problems... This should serve as a reminder to all of us how very fortunate we are to have our lives, health, homes and family. It can all disappear in the blink of an eye. Never a better day to be thankful for what you've got...

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