An earthquake, the worst in 140 years, has hit Japan. A wide tsunami was observed after the 8.9 on the Richter scale earthquake that occurred during the afternoon peak time. There were also a number of strong aftershocks reported.
The initial death toll is not yet known.
From the JARL building headquarters, the newly appointed secretary Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, reports that the building shook quite strongly, but no serious damage was caused.
â€œWith regard to Amateur Radio activity in the affected areas, we are not aware of any so far,â€ he said.
â€œIt seems that the communications infrastructure has survived the quake and is in working order in regard to priority communicationsâ€.
Ken JA1CJP is making inquiries wider afield to determine JARL involvement.
Jim Linton, VK3PC
Chairman IARU Region 3
Disaster Communications Committee.