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Earthquake and Tsunami New Zealand

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by 4L5A, Nov 13, 2016.

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  1. LU9FMS

    LU9FMS Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's very hard! I hope everyone is alright.

    Just like many other hams around the globe, my thoughts are with our newzealander friends as well as their families.
     
  2. KB0OXT

    KB0OXT Ham Member QRZ Page

  3. VK2WP

    VK2WP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Heard on our local midday news that there has been a lot of infrastructure damage, roads, communications. Some remote areas are out of contact and the NZ Army has been mobilised to take communications equipment to those areas.

    Pretty bad scene.

    There is no news on the NZ Amateur radio site of any radio amateur involvement as yet.

    Have not heard any ZL's this morning but then I cannot listen to every band.
     
  4. VK2WP

    VK2WP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Just heard 0317Z 14.300MHz a ZL amateur give a position report to the maritime net. The earthquake has pretty well isolated the S. island with damage to infrastructure.

    Wellington city is a no go zone with damage to buildings until all is assesed by authorities.

    Many roads are in the centre of the S. Island are damaged and impassable. The main rail line is cut.

    Mains power has been cut to many areas.

    Many horror stories with injuries and sadly two persons deceased.

    14.300MHz is being used for emergency traffic and request to all non essential callers to stay clear.
     
  5. ZL3IO

    ZL3IO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi
    It was a heavy and long main quake and could be felt many hundred km/miles away. Since then we had hundreds of aftershocks (http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/felt) with a heavy 6.3 one about 4 hours ago. In a 150 km radius (~100 miles) of the epi centre is also structural damage and power outages were in a 50 km radius with most of it already back to the grid. It seems that structural damage was bigger to the North --> Wellington on the North Island got hit very bad as well and CBD of the capital was to be investigated first to determine if buildings are safe. Therefore people were asked not to come to work into the CBD today. That was to prevent traffic chaos and keep people out of the way as no access to buildings was allowed before being accessed.
    The communication (phones/cellphone etc.) was operational most of the time with only minor impact (mainly phone lines cut). New Zealand (unfortunately or luckily?) has extensive experience in disaster management and in general the situation was managed very professional and always under control. I haven't heard of any Tsunami damage and waves at our place were only between 1-2 m.
    The radio folks from our local DXing reflector seem all to be okay but surely have other problems than radioing now. The big quake was around midnight, so plenty of us had a sleepless night and the shakes created a lot of mess that needs to be cleaned up now.

    My tower was dancing like snake trying to balance the beam and it looked really frightening.

    73 Holger, ZL3IO/ZM4T
     
  6. F8BDX

    F8BDX Ham Member QRZ Page

    my thoughts are with our ZL friends and their families.
    Jose
     
  7. ZL1GBG

    ZL1GBG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, there is widespread damage... very severe in places, whole hillsides have detached and crumbled, one damming a river before it then let go causing even more flooding problems. State Highway 1 is destroyed in places, as is the rail network. The location of the epicentre, and its remoteness has been the saving grace of ZL land. Thoughts go out to everyone in the damage zone.

    73 de Adrian.
    ZL1GBG
     
  8. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Was there really any official use of 14,300? I can't imagine why they would use 20m considering that they'd want to talk to places like Wellington and Christchurch. 20m is pretty much useless within NZ. Many years ago when I was newly licensed in ZL and participated in "AREC field day", most of the traffic was on 80m with the "long haul" relay traffic on 40m. I think the main calling channel was 3900 USB.

    I don't know if ham radio was involved in this event. It certainly would have been useful early on because there were communication problems to the worst affected areas but phone and cellular systems were restored pretty quickly.
     
  9. AA1PR

    AA1PR Ham Member QRZ Page

    My prayers go out to them
     
  10. W7ARX

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    Be safe and hope things start to normalize shortly...we are thinking and praying for you...
     

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