Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic related to Tuesday's major earthquake in Haiti, according to the WorldRadio online newsroom
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) region II area C emergency coordinator Arnie Coro ( CO2KK) reports as of early Wednesday nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.
A few minutes after the earthquake was felt in eastern Cuba's cities, the Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs Emergency Net was activated, with net control stations CO8WM and CO8RP located in the city of Santiago de Cuba, and in permanent contact with the National Seismology Center of Cuba located in that city, Coro said.
Stations in the city of Baracoa, in Guantanamo province, also were activated immediately as the earth movements were felt even stronger there, due to its proximity to Haiti. CO8AZ and CO8AW went on the air immediately, with CM8WAL following. At the early phase of the emergency, the population of the city of Baracoa was evacuated far away from the coast, as there was a primary alert of a possible tsunami event or of a heavy wave trains sequence impacting the coast line at the city's sea wall, Coro reported.
Amateurs from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela were monitoring the 40 meter band frequency, Coro said, and the IARU Region II executive Ramon Santoyo (XE1KK) was notified as in use for the emergency, requesting that 7045 kHz be kept as clear as possible.
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