Italian Radio Amateurs respond to Emilia Romagna region Earthquake

At 0200UTC 20th May 2012 an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy. At the time of writing this report six people are known to have died in the quake with 50 injured. A number of strong aftershocks continue to affect the area.

The Italian Civil Protection authorities are putting a response structure into place capable of dealing with >1000 people. The voluntary group RNRE ( Raggruppamento Nazionale Radiocomunicazioni Emergenza ) report that communications in the area are currently good but due to the continuing seismic activity have been requested to make one or two mobile units available to respond if needed until late Monday evening.

No HF frequencies are in use at this time.