Sunday, 14 October 2012


Two earthquakes and 5 tropical cyclones made the news this week, but fortunately some of minor significance that it did not make the news.

But looking at the quakes, Indonesia was again feeling the affects of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ doing it restless plate movement and causing some residents of eastern Indonesia to sit up and take notice. Measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale and at a depth of 24 km, it did affect some 5000 odd residents.

The other quake was of no significance as it was situated out to sea somewhere between Australia and the Antarctic. It measured 6.4 on the Richter scale but merely a measurement taken by the various recorders situated around the planet.

Of the Tropical cyclones only one is significant namely Tropical Storm (at this stage) called Rafael-12 and could affect many Islands of the Caribbean including places like Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Martinique, Montserrat, the Virgin Islands and so the list goes on. We will keep an eye on this one.

As for the others, they were mainly out at sea including one simply called Tropical cyclone 1 situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. Is this an early start of the summer cyclone season? One wonders! In South Africa this summer, I suggest we keep a weary eye on all cyclones that emanate from the Indian Ocean as they are on the increase!

The others called Patty, Olivia-12 and Prapiroon-12 are all out at sea at present and not causing any concerns at this stage.

Locally, for the Hamnet Provincial Directors, notice has gone out that our annual Grant has been received with a slight CPIX upward adjustment. We thanked the Department of Transport for their continued support.

Finally, our new Hamnet website is still full of surprises. One suggestion from Chris Gryffenberg, ZS6GOC, is that we add Provincial pages to allow inputs from various divisions, giving us all an insight to what is happening across the country. This has many benefits and we can all learn from all their experiences.

Reporting for Hamnet, this is Francois Botha – ZS6BUU.

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