China earthquake – update

A day after a strong earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan province, the death toll stood at least 156, with many more injured and without homes.

Fan Bin BA1RB reported that it was a 7.0 magnitude quake in Ya’an city, Sichuan province with its epicentre near Lushan County.

The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate action withBD8DX and BD8AAA leading a team heading to the disaster area providing emergency communication services.

A request is made to keep the HF frequencies of 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz clear for disaster traffic.QQ

For more information go to http://www.southgatearc.org

As of 0415 PDT, 1115 UTC  April 21,2013  HF frequencies remain in use.  Nearly 200 dead and 7,000 injured..


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the bombings in Boston today, April 15th 2013. Special thoughts to those ham radio operators who were helping at the race. May you all have a speedy and complete recovery


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.1
  • 6 Apr 2013 04:42:36 UTC
  • 6 Apr 2013 13:42:37 near epicenter
  • 5 Apr 2013 20:42:36 standard time in your timezone
Location 3.532S 138.455E
Depth 75 km
  • 237 km (146 mi) E of Enarotali, Indonesia
  • 256 km (158 mi) WSW of Abepura, Indonesia
  • 272 km (168 mi) WSW of Jayapura, Indonesia
  • 330 km (204 mi) E of Nabire, Indonesia
  • 1165 km (722 mi) WNW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.9 km; Vertical 9.2 km
Parameters Nph = 121; Dmin = 693.1 km; Rmss = 0.63 seconds; Gp = 15°
Version = 9
Event ID us b000g13s

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Special air quality statement for British Columbia – Bulkley Valley and The Lakes


WOCN20 CWVR 280417
Special air quality statement for British Columbia
Updated jointly by Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver and the 
B.C. Ministry of Environment
At 9:17 PM PDT Wednesday 27 March 2013.
Special air quality statement for:
      Bulkley Valley and The Lakes - southeast including Burns Lake.

Road dust advisory in effect for Houston and Burns Lake.

The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Northern Health
Authority has issued a road dust advisory for Houston and Burns Lake 
because of high concentrations of dust that are expected to persist 
until further notice.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone 
strenuous exercise and consider staying indoors until the advisory is 

If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat 
irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or 
wheezing, follow the advice of your health care provider, 
particularly if you are elderly, have asthma, hay fever, breathing or 
lung conditions or if you react strongly to dust.