Friday, March 11, 2011

Radio Amateurs Ready Following 8.9 'Quake in Japan

The magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan is expected to be  among the most powerful in recorded history, according to published reports, with multiple casualties and widespread destruction.

Jim Linton, VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, reported via the Southgate Amateur Radio Club website :

"From the JARL headquarters, the newly appointed secretary Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, reports that the building shook quite strongly, but no serious damage was caused. 'With regard to amateur radio activity in the affected areas, we are not aware of any so far,' JA1CJP said. 'It seems that the communications infrastructure has survived the quake and is in working order in regard to priority communications.' He is making inquiries wider afield to determine JARL involvement.