From Amateur Radio Newsline:
STEPHEN: In Hawaii, it’s only a test but it’s a disaster could really happen, as we hear from Newsline’s Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

GRAHAM: Imagine this: An earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 sets off the The Great Aleutian Tsunami, putting the Hawaiian Islands at risk. The time it all unfolds is 9 a.m. local time. The date is Saturday, October 1st. That’s right. October 1st, which means it hasn’t happened yet, but that’s the whole point: It could, if not on that date, then at some other time. So at 9 a.m. on October 1st, a Simulated Exercise Test will be held as if the tsunami were bearing down on Hawaii, a likelihood that has about a 9 percent chance of actually occurring in the next 50 years, according to the University of Hawaii.

All hams are encouraged to be a part of the exercise, which concludes at noon local time. The exercise is designed to sharpen amateurs’ ability to work with state and county officials supporting their emergency communications both on Oahu and the other Hawaiian Islands. Hams will pass damage reports, situation reports and requests for assistance.

Obviously this will only be a test and, as if to underscore that, life will go on afterward: The Koolau Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th and the Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Honolulu plans to hold its monthly meeting a little later in the month, on October 18th at 7 p.m. For more details, contact Clement Jung KH7HO, emergency coordinator for the ARRL’s Pacific Section, at chmjung4@yahoo.com

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

(ARRL PACIFIC SECTION)

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