Big quake hits Japan
An earthquake, the worst in 140 years has hit Japan. A wide tsunami was observed after the 8.9 on the Richter scale earthquake that occurred during the afternoon peak time. There were also a number of strong aftershocks reported. The initial death toll is not yet known.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI is currently in Japan at the time of the quake was attending an IAURU meeting in Sugamo near the JARL headquaters. Michael reported that the earthquake caused their building to shake severely, but no serious damage was caused. He is currently at Narita near the international airport, the airport is operational with his return flight to Australia scheduled to leave this evening. (please note an audio message is available below)
With regard to Amateur Radio activity in the affected areas, the newly appointed secretary Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, reports that he is not aware of any so far. It seems that the communications infrastructure has survived the quake and is in working order in regard to priority communications. Ken JA1CJP is making inquiries wider afield to determine JARL involvement.
- Jim Linton, VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.
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