Sunday, 10 February 2013

HAMNET Weekly Report 10 February 2013.

Spare a thought today for the people of the Pacific from the Solomon Islands to New Zealand where seismic activity is going through a very restless period.

During the past 3 days, the Solomon Islands have experienced no less than 21 earthquakes since Tuesday the 6th of February. The lowest reading was 4.7 on the Richter scale on the 6th of February at 8:27 UTC and the highest was 8 on the Richter scale at 1:12 UTC on the 6th of February.

This, the second of a series of quakes initiated a tsunami warning. This was later cancelled but the quakes just continue unabated. Most of the quakes occur offshore with result that there is minimal humanitarian effect yet the Islands can feel the quakes and it must be rather scary for the inhabitants.

Although these quakes are regarded as aftershocks, relief workers are on their way to the Island to ensure that the needy are cared for.

From New Zealand comes more reports of seismic activity and it was reported this morning that the two Islands that comprise New Zealand are also undergoing a ‘shake-up’ for lack of a better expression. Since the big quake of a few years back, they have recorded 11,500 smaller quakes on a regular basis right up to the most recent seismic activity.

Pakistan also experienced an earthquake in a region that is sparsely populated and did not have much effect on the population.

Locally, the rainy season continues and with information being posted on a regular basis on Twitter, one is kept informed of road conditions especially the N3 over van Reenen Pass which is often in the news due to either serious traffic accidents or misty and rainy conditions.

Hamnet will continue to monitor 7,110 MHz during the day and 3,760 MHz in the evenings. Again just a reminder that during the day, for longer distances, 10,125 MHz, in the 30m band, is an excellent frequency for communication! It is not used that often, but we should occasionally give a call especially when wishing to work from Gauteng down into the Western Cape. This band offers very good working conditions.

Reporting for Hamnet, this is Francois boths, ZS6BUU.

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