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Posted on November 3, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Hawaii Hams Activate for Tsunami Warning

Courtesy: ARRL Newsletter

This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the far-reaching effects of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck British Columbia on October 28. The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning in Hawaii.

On Saturday, October 27, radio amateurs in Hawaii responded to a tsunami warning, providing valuable and timely information to emergency management officials. The tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake which struck at struck at 5:04 PM HST (0304 UTC on Sunday, October 28) in the Queen Charlotte Islands, located off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

At 7:14 PM HST, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center sent out a tsunami warning and said that the tsunami had an estimated wave arrival time of 10:28 PM. After being notified, Hawaii State Civil Defense RACES Coordinator Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, began notifying Oahu leaders via cell phone while ARRL Hawaii Section Emergency Coordinator Kevin Bogan, AH6QO, began activating the ARES Emergency Coordinators on each island. Read the complete story.

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