The following information has been received from the Salvation Army on their amateur radio response to the Alaska earthquake
THQ-West – (11/30/2018) At 0829 (AKST – Alaska Standard
Time) a 7.0 M earthquake struck Anchorage, AK, and the
surrounding area. A tsunami warning was immediately issued
and media reports indicated that there had been serious damage
to the infrastructure in and around Anchorage. Liquefaction – a
condition when solid ground liquefies – was reported and many
roads and buildings were damaged. Some media outlets were
temporarily off-the-air. Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued a
State of Emergency. President Trump said federal aid would be
provided and FEMA responded from its’ Alaskan headquarters.
The earthquake struck as the Alaska-Pacific Emergency
Preparedness (A-P) Net was beginning the daily net on
14.292 MHz. The A-P Net immediately began monitoring
the situation, receiving reports from local amateur
radio operators. A-P Net member Ken Gilliland (AG6SV), who is also the Net
Manager for the International SATERN SSB Net, immediately
began to provide situation reports from the A-P Net to National
SATERN Liaison Bill Feist (WB8BZH). Feist then passed those
reports on to Western Territory Disaster Coordinator John
Berglund, Western Territory SATERN Coordinator Ian
Anderson (KO2IAN) and National Disaster Specialist Tameka
Sharp. Feist also began monitoring the A-P net frequency from
the WB5ALM SATERN station at the ALM Division’s EDS
Center in Jackson, MS. As other SATERN members became
aware of the situation, they also began to provide additional
information to SATERN. This continued into the afternoon.
Both Berglund and Sharp thanked SATERN for the reports as
they came in.
The earthquake’s epicenter was located some 10 miles north of
Anchorage near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at a depth of
25 miles. It was followed six minutes later by a 5.7 M
aftershock. The earthquake was felt as far away as Fairbanks.
The A-P Net originated in the aftermath of the 9.2 M 1964 Good
Friday (or Great Alaskan) Earthquake. The earthquake disrupted
all normal communications and amateur radio became the only
effective communications to the outside world. The Alaska
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
provides some limited support to the Net which has over 100
members. The A-P Net averages 60 check-ins each morning.