Surrey Emergency Plan Amateur Radio Service (SEPARS) came in #1 in BC and #2 in Canada in the 2012 Field Day Results. Congratulations to the entire team
[warning]Sandy is still dangerous as a post-tropical storm. Be aware of local evacuations and listen to the authorities.[/warning]
- Current crisis map can be seen at http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy?hl=en_gb&llbox=48.45%2C34.39%2C-58.21%2C-93.66&t=CM_CUSTOM_MAP_TYPE&layers=1330918331511%2C11%2C1337617652397%2C2%2C1337716071386%2C1337907303704%3A54&promoted
- Visit http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes to learn how to prepare for a hurricane.
- Learn about NYC evacuations at http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/storms_hurricaneevac.shtml
- Search for open shelters by texting:SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362(4FEMA). Ex: Shelter 01234 (std rates apply) | Red Cross shelters
- Follow FEMA at http://www.facebook.com/fema & http://www.twitter.com/fema
Google Public Alerts is Google’s new platform for disseminating emergency messages such as evacuation notices for hurricanes, and everyday alerts such as storm warnings. We aim to show relevant weather, public safety and earthquake alerts from the US National Weather Service, and the US Geological Survey (USGS) when you search on Google Search, Google Maps, and when you activate Google Now on your Android device.
Google Public Alerts is a project of the Google Crisis Response team, supported by Google.org, which uses Google’s strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. We hope Google Public Alerts provides the public with information it needs to make informed decisions in times of crisis.
While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see every alert when using Google services we’re doing our best to show what’s important when you need it, and hope that Google Public Alerts is a useful additional source of information. We’re working hard to improve what you see and would appreciate your feedback, which you can provide using the “Feedback” links on the alert details pages and on www.google.org/publicalerts.
From the Times Colonist
Earthquakes continue to rumble the Pacific Northwest coast Sunday, after a strong earthquake near Haida Gwaii set off tsunami warnings as far south as Victoria and Hawaii.
A 3.9-magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles this morning around 8:24 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit 97-kilometres south of Sandspit at 9:17 a.m and a second one hit at 11:54 a.m. This time it was magnitude 6.4. There are no tsunami alerts issued.
6.3 Mwp – QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
|Location Uncertainty||Horizontal: 18.4 km; Vertical 6.5 km|
|Parameters||Nph = 281; Dmin = 317.3 km; Rmss = 1.32 seconds; Gp = 84°
M-type = Mwp; Version = 8
|Event ID||us b000dg06|
Did you have a family evacuation plan?
- Visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca to learn how to make an evacuation plan for your family.
- Practise the plan so that everybody understands how to stay calm and make the plan work.
Do you know the route to take to get to higher ground?
- Visit http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Tsunami_Brochure/Prepare_for_Tsunami.html to learn how to prepare for a Tsunami.
- Visit your municipality’s web site to find out where the Tsunami Inundations Zones are for your area. For Nanaimo the information can be found at http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/departments/Fire-Rescue/4232/emergency-preparedness.html
- If you live in low-lying coastal areas there is a Tsunami escape route marked with this sign
- “It wasn’t a big shake — it just was a continuing rolling feeling that went on for … perhaps a minute.” — Robin Rowland, Kitimat, B.C.
- “It almost felt like a massive wind was making the whole home shake.” — Leisha Grebinski, Prince Rupert, B.C.
- “It started off with just a small rumble … and then things started to shake a little, and then things started shaking a lot.” — Peter Mark, Masset, B.C.
- “[I] was sitting on my couch, with the laptop, when I started to feel motion that made me feel queasy. Noticed that our heavy swag lamp was swaying back and forth. Stood up and could feel the motion through the carpeting. We live in a basement suite and I think that the motion lasted about 15 to 20 seconds, perhaps.” — Leslie Allen, Prince George, B.C.
- “Felt a ‘swoon’ — at the same time everything hanging started to sway so strongly that it took 30 minutes plus for them to settle back into equilibrium.” — Sharon MacKenzie, Quadra Island, B.C.
- “The whole house was flexing and oscillating. The lights went out and the shaking continued and I could hear all kinds of crashing.” — Nick Finley, Tlell, Haida Gwaii, B.C.
- “The house seemed to be moving — plants, light fixtures, sun catchers in the window swayed and clattered … About 10 minutes before they stopped swaying.” — Marion Lawson, Kamloops, B.C.
- “The whole house swayed for over a minute. My wife said it felt like she had sea legs. Phones were out for a short time but we never lost power.” — Ken Newman.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded to a tsunami advisory early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage less than three hours after the first waves hit the islands.
M7.7 – 139km S of Masset, Canada
2012-10-28 03:04:10 UTC
Depth: 17.5km (10.9mi)
- 2012-10-28 03:04:10 UTC
- 2012-10-27 20:04:10 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
- 2012-10-27 20:04:10 UTC-07:00 system time
52.769°N 131.927°W depth=17.5km (10.9mi)
- 139km (86mi) S of Masset, Canada
- 202km (126mi) SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
- 293km (182mi) SW of Terrace, Canada
- 556km (345mi) NW of Campbell River, Canada
- 635km (395mi) SSE of Juneau, Alaska
This earthquake is likely associated with relative motion across the Queen Charlotte fault system offshore of British Columbia, Canada. Studies of tectonics in this region suggest plate motions are taken up by strike slip faulting parallel to the plate boundary, accompanied by lesser amounts of thrust motion to accommodate the oblique nature of the plate motion vector between the two plates with respect to the orientation of the main plate boundary fault structure. This oblique component of plate motion may involve either underthrusting of the western edge of the Pacific Plate beneath North America, or be taken up on crustal faults within the North America plate. The October 28th earthquake is consistent with either scenario.
This region of the Pacific:North America plate boundary has hosted 7 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater over the past 40 years – the largest of which was a M 6.6 earthquake in 2009, 80 km to the south east of the 2012 earthquake. In 1949, a M 8.1 earthquake occurred closer to the Pacific:North America plate boundary, likely as a result of strike-slip faulting, approximately 100 km northwest of the October 28th earthquake, near the northern extent of Haida Gwaii region (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands).
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