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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB006 (2001)

ARLB006 Hams Responding to Northwestern US Earthquake

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 6  ARLB006
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 28, 2001
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB006 Hams Responding to Northwestern US Earthquake

An earthquake estimated at magnitude 6.8 hit February 28 about 25
miles southeast of Seattle, Washington. No deaths and few serious
injuries are reported. A state of emergency has been declared in
King County, Washington--the greater Seattle area.

ARRL Western Washington Section Manager Harry Lewis, W7JWJ, reports
that some communities are without power. Telephone lines are jammed,
and customers were being asked to not use their telephones.

District Emergency Coordinator Ed Bruette, N7NVP, was reported
enroute to the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center. "State
RACES officer Jim Sutton, WA7PHD, is NCS on the Washington State
Emergency Net operating from the State EOC at Camp Murray," Lewis
said. ARES volunteers in King County were active on an emergency
repeater net with King County EC Rich Hodges, KB7TBF, and Lt Russ
Reed, N7NOV, of the US Coast Guard acting as NCS. Lewis said that
several other county ARES nets were active as well.

"I am deeply impressed by the immediate response that occurred with
hams coming out of the woodwork, just like it might have been
planned," Lewis said. He noted that Red Cross, with Amateur Radio
operators assisting, was already doing damage assessment, and that a
temporary 2-meter net was set up for that purpose.

Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network reports it is standing
by on its net frequency of 14.265 MHz.


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