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18 September 2011

HAMNET NEWS: 18 September 2011


Looking at natural phenomena, cyclones and earth quakes predominate this morning.

On the 16th of September, Japan again suffered an earthquake off the north eastern shores – in about the same region of the March 11 quake which had a devastating effect on the country.

This quake measured 6 on the Richter scale and at a depth of 20 odd kilometres. The quake was felt as far south as Tokyo but there were no reports of deaths or injuries. A tsunami warning was issued but the waves were low to normal and no evacuations were necessary.

Two cyclones were positioned south of Japan and east of China. Cyclone Sonca-11 was more a tropical storm out to sea and very few people were affected.

The second cyclone named Roke-11 positioned in the North West Pacific also had a minimal effect on any of the main lands. However, winds reached 80 miles per hour or 120 km per hour and affected shipping only.

Cyclone Maria heading north east off the coast of Canada caused heavy rain along the coast regions and amateurs were placed on full alert from 1430UTC on Friday on a frequency of 3.740 MHz. The Newfoundland Hurricane/CANWARN Net. was in full operation to monitor the situation!

On September the 13th, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar were on full alert for a flood alert due to tropical storms off their coasts. There were reports of 19 deaths and approx. 15000 people were displaced due to flooding.

In Africa, the main news remains the famine and drought in Somalia, the fighting in Libya and some other states in the Middle East.

Nothing to report from a South African point of view! Summer is approaching but cold fronts still persist in the Western Cape and along the South Coast regions.

We will keep an eye out for any untoward weather conditions and report to members if necessary.

Reporting for Hamnet, this Francois Botha – ZS6BUU.