New Zealand Earthquake - 13 Nov

A strong 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand at 1103UTC 13 November ( just after Midnight local time ) causing damage and local tsunami alerts, mainly for the East coast of the country.

The local emergency communications group AREC part of NZART are believed to have been operating on their normal frequency of 3.900MHz USB.

Initial media reports are of property damage over a wide area but the situation will not become clear until daybreak and the end of the possible Tsunami threat.

Radio Amateurs in the area with allocations around 3.900 MHz are encouraged to listen carefully and avoid QRM to any ongoing work by AREC.