THE ORARI-ARES TEAM RESPONDED TO DEVASTATED NIAS ISLAND

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The ARRL Letter, Vol. 24, No. 13, April 1, 2005: "AMATEUR RADIO LINKS EARTHQUAKE-STRICKEN ISLAND WITH OUTSIDE WORLD"
WorldRadio, Year 34, Issue 12, June 2005, page 2 (monthly magazine): "SUMATRA QUAKE RESPONSE"
The original report of the disaster in Nias island.
REUTERS: Tsunami Quake Stronger Than Believed


UPDATE:

6-3-2005.

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.90N 97.10E Depth 30km Tue Jul 5 01:52:04 2005 UTC. Or Time Near Epicenter Tue Jul 5 08:52:04 2005.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.46N 97.10E Depth 15km Fri Jun 3 00:42:00 2005 UTC. Or Time Near Epicenter Fri Jun 3 07:42:00 2005.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.48N 97.12E Depth 14km Fri Jun 3 00:42:00 2005 UTC. Or Time Near Epicenter Fri Jun 3 07:42:00 2005.

5-14-2005. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.56N 98.38E Depth 30km Sat May 14 05:05:18 2005 UTC. Or Time Near Epicenter Sat May 14 12:05:18 2005. Location with respect to nearby cities: 135 km (85 miles) SSW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia (pop 71,000), 275 km (170 miles) NW of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia.

4-18-2005. Earl Campbell, N8TV/YB6ZEC, reported from Nias island soon after a successful installation of a wireless hot spot: "How is this for an APPO installation on the island of Nias on top of the city hall ! We are the ONLY Internet supplier on the island, free of course. This is one of the APPO SmartBridges donated to the relief effort. Well, here is one in action ! All the relief volunteers thank Smartbridges for making this happen. It is WELL used 24/7."

4-16-2005.
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 11:06:23 MST.
To: [email protected]
Subject: 4-16-2005 11:30 pm NIAS

Preliminary numbers 4-16-2005 11:30 pm 6.0 quake 3 min in duration here on Nias.... VERY scarry. Earl N8TV/YB6ZEC.

4-8-2005. BREAKING NEWS 04-08-2005: The first ham in Nias who used a satellite-based wireless internet connection to communicate with the world outside since March 28 earthquake.

4-7-2005. BREAKING NEWS 04-07-2005: Both the earthquake and the 18 feet high tsunami hit Tabuyung village, Madina Regency, North Sumatra Province. It is a remote area with no standard infrustructure that caused its folks sent a late distress call.

4-6-2005. From aboard USNS Mercy, Mark Wolfe, N7YMW/YB6ZMW reported: "We are onsite. Sending teams ashore right now. Not sure when I'll get to go. I'm on the list though." Both hospital ships USNS Mercy and USNS Niagara Falls just arrived offshore Nias to throw their anchors. Wolfe has contacted the zulu stations through 7055MHz to report his arrival. He will always coordinate with YB6ZAH zulu station near the Pendopo building (county office) in Gunung Sitoli and Earl Campbell, N8TV/YB6ZEC, as soon as Campbell arrives in Nias. Also Wolfe will coordinate with YB6ZAG station operated by the Global Rescue Network (GRN), a group of mixed volunteers from Jakarta - including hams, doctors, rescuers, paramedics, environmental conservists and others. The GRN has some experiences in emergency services such as post-stunami relief effort in northern Sumatra.

4-5-2005. Earl Campbell, N8TV, a relief volunteer of the International Red Cross who had been in Banda Aceh just headed for Nias, and Mark Wolfe, N7YMW, a US Navy technician with USNS Mercy, were granted the zulu station calls by the ORARI-ARES of District 6/Northern Sumatra. Campbell is authorized to use YB6ZEC and Wolfe will operate using YB6ZMW while they conduct emergency services in Indonesia.

4-4-2005. Earl Campbell, N8TV, an International Red Cross volunteer team leader, will fly from Banda Aceh by UN flight heading for NIAS. Campbell will coordinate with the ORARI-ARES team in Nias. Also he will support USNS Mercy and USNS Niagara Falls' medical team in Nias. Campbell confirmed his plan to Ady Susanto, YB6VK, a radio-internet communicator for the ORARI-ARES in North Sumatra Province.

4-3-2005. Budi R. Halim, YB0HD, from the ORARI-ARES command post in Jakarta reported that Andi Suhandi, YD0WBY, and Achmad Sanusi, YC0LJH, from Jakarta were ready to go to Nias. Both are ORARI-ARES volunteers who have served in tsunami disaster area in Aceh. They have been waiting for the deployment arranged by the national coordinator of emergency management (BAKORNAS) in Jakarta. Triadi, YB0KVN, also reported from Jakarta that he has forwarded a request for more radio communicators to Lody Korua and his wife, Junita, YD0MGR, who are the coordinators of the Global Rescue Network (GRN) a group of mixed volunteers in Jakarta - including hams, doctors, rescuers, paramedics, environmental conservists and others. The GRN has some experiences in emergency services such as post-stunami relief effort in northern Sumatra.

4-2-2005. Earl Campbell, N8TV, called W. Purwinto, AB2QV, to confirm that Campbell was ready to fly to Nias. He will carry 50 lbs hamradio and internet gear.

4-1-2005. At 13.30 local time, Susanto got a call from Mark Wolfe, N7YMW, using a cellphone from the hospital ship USNS Mercy. Wolfe and the Mercy crews planned to coordinate with YB0ZR of BAKORNAS and ORARI headquarters in Jakarta, the officers of ORARI District 6/Northern Sumatra and the ORARI-ARES team in Nias. Wolfe will then communicate on HF 7055MHz and UHF 146.350MHz repeater with ARES members for emergency traffic and coordination. From ORARI HQs in Jakarta, Faisal Anwar, YB1PR, reported that the Global Rescue Network (GRN) team from Jakarta has arrived in Nias. They are granted a station call YB6ZAG from ORARI.

3-31-2005. Ady Susanto, YB6VK, a radio-and-internet emergency volunteer from North Sumatra Province reported several events mentioned below.
The ORARI-ARES station, YB6ZAH, in Gunung Sitoli has successfully transmitted on HF 7055MHz. Both YB0ZR station of the central command post in Jakarta and YB6ZAH station made a contact through 40M. Zulkarman Syafrin, YC6PLG, an ARES member of YB6ZAH, planned to go to Telukdalam, the southern town of southeast coast of Nias. He will setup an emergency station in the southeastern area, since never heard of any distress call from local people in there.

At 17.30 local time, Yaman Jaro Halawa, a non-ham, used an HT to call CQ through 146.350MHz repeater from Lolofitomoi district, 42 kilometers away from Gunung Sitoli. He reported to YB6ZES, District 6/Northern Sumatra command post in Medan, that many roads, bridges, buildings, and 90% of houses were destroyed. Only two cycle vehicle may be able to go through some roads, he said. Human casualty was not reported yet. After he accepted to be a radio communicator, ORARI District 6 granted him a callsign, YC6ZAI.

At 17.45 local time, Syukur Zebua, a non-ham, accompanied by Sidanogao District Chief Maimun Zebua, using 146.350MHz repeater to report emotionally the same situation experienced by Lolofitomoi district. On behalf of the people of his district located 30 kilometers away from Gunung Sitoli, he requested some basic supplies including food, drink, tents, lanterns and clothes. Zebua wanted voluntarily to be a radio communicator, and ORARI District 6 granted him a callsign, YC6ZAJ.


A report of the recent earthquakes occurred in the region published by the U.S.G.S.:

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.21N 96.80E Depth 39km Thu Apr 28 14:07:36 2005 UTC. Or Time Near Epicenter Thu Apr 28 21:07:36 2005. Location with respect to nearby cities: 230 km (140 miles) WNW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia. 255 km (160 miles) SW of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.36N 97.26E Depth 36km Mon Apr 25 20:18:20 2005 UTC. Or Time Near Epicenter Tue Apr 26 03:18:20 2005. 225 km (140 miles) SW of Sibolga, Sumatra.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake IN THE KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.61S 99.56E Depth 21km Sun Apr 17 21:23:51 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Mon Apr 18 04:23:51 2005.

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.37N 97.65E Depth 25km Sun Apr 17 13:43:55 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Sun Apr 17 20:43:55 2005.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.90N 97.64E Depth 43km Sat Apr 16 16:38:06 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Sat Apr 16 23:38:06 2005.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN THE KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.89S 99.91E Depth 36km Thu Apr 14 11:29:53 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Thu Apr 14 18:29:53 2005.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake IN KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.22S 97.72E Depth 25km Fri Apr 8 05:48:38 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Fri Apr 8 12:48:38 2005.

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.74N 97.39E Depth 30km Fri Apr 8 01:51:39 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Fri Apr 8 08:51:39 2005. Location with respect to nearby cities: 190 km (115 miles) SW of Sibolga, Sumatra; 345 km (215 miles) SSW of Medan, Sumatra.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.63N 97.39E Depth 30km Thu Apr 7 11:46:06 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Thu Apr 7 18:46:06 2005

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake IN SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 3.95S 102.36E Depth 77km Wed Apr 6 11:20:10 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Wed Apr 6 18:20:10 2005

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.68N 97.92E Depth 30km Mon Apr 4 04:33:47 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Mon Apr 4 11:33:47 2005

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake IN NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.05N 97.96E Depth 30km Sun Apr 3 03:10:56 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Sun Apr 3 10:10:56 2005.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.40N 98.27E Depth 30km Sun Apr 3 00:59:22 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Sun Apr 3 07:59:22 2005.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.40N 98.09E Depth 30km Fri Apr 1 20:32:38 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Sat Apr 2 03:32:38 2005.

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.86N 96.33E Depth 28km Fri Apr 1 10:37:46 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Fri Apr 1 17:37:46 2005.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.83N 97.07E Depth 29km Thu Mar 31 07:23:55 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Thu Mar 31 14:23:55 2005.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.95N 95.41E Depth 26km Wed Mar 30 17:29:21 2005 UTC Time. Or Time Near Epicenter Thu Mar 31 00:29:21 2005.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake OFF THE W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA has occurred at: 3.02N 95.40E Depth 30km Wed Mar 30 16:19:42 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Wed Mar 30 23:19:42 2005.

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.85N 97.04E Depth 27km Wed Mar 30 01:13:16 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Wed Mar 30 08:13:16 2005

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, NOTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.62N 96.54E Depth 30km Tue Mar 29 05:16:30 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 12:16:30 2005

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, NOTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.92N 96.34E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 23:39:48 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 06:39:48 2005

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, NOTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.89N 96.33E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 23:37:32 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 06:37:32 2005

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, NOTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.19N 97.02E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 23:13:00 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 06:13:00 2005

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, NOTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.01N 97.82E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 19:02:19 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 02:02:19 2005

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake IN SIMEULUE, NOTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.73N 95.96E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 18:48:52 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 01:48:52 2005

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 0.90N 97.80E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 18:30:43 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Tue Mar 29 01:30:43 2005

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake IN THE NIAS REGION, NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 1.37N 97.36E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 16:38:43 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Mon Mar 28 23:38:43 2005

* A magnitude 8.2 earthquake IN NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.09N 97.02E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 16:09:37 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Mon Mar 28 23:09:37 2005

* A magnitude 8.7 earthquake IN NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at: 2.08N 97.01E Depth 30km Mon Mar 28 16:09:36 2005 UTC Time. Time Near Epicenter Mon Mar 28 23:09:36 2005

The data marked with (*) are of the quakes occured on 3-28-2005 resulting hugh casualty in Nias island, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia.

w.purwinto
DX Emergency Support
Syracuse, New York.

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