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An Earthquake Hits China

Date : 20 / 04 / 2013
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

An 7.0 scale earthquake hit Ya'an city, Sichuan province in the morning of Saturday local time. The epicenter was near Lushan County. As of 17:24 today, 113 persons were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. After the disaster, The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate actions, BD8DX and BD8AAA lead team heading to disaster area providing emergency communication services.

The local amateur radio repeater works fine, and provided emergency communication for the public. BG8FUW in Lushan county, BG8EYD in Ya'an city help providing amateur radio emergency communication. Some amateur radio operators maintain listening on HF or went to disaster area to help disaster relief.

Today is also the GlobalSET emergency simulation test second session. China HQ station BY3CQ made a QSO with BG8DE, who was on the way to the earthquake area to help disaster relief. The CRSA/CRAC call for all amateur radio operators, to avoid 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz for possible interference on disaster relief use.


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