Earthquake hits the Philippines
The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operators in emergency communications using the frequency of is ongoing at a frequency of 7.095 MHz.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
It did so almost immediately on receiving news that a 7.2 Magnitude earthquake occurred in the Bohol Province causing numerous casualties and damage. Pictures from the scene show damaged buildings, blocked roads and a looks of bewilderment on many faces.
Roberto Jose C. Vicencio DU1VHY said all radio amateurs are asked to keep the 40m frequency clear. The assessment of damage and other relief work is continuing. Various reports put the death toll up to 20 and many injured when the earthquake struck today near a key tourist area. It was followed by two aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude.
(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee).
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