Received from Greg Mossop, G0DUB IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator:
On 23rd October at 10.41UTC a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Van region of Eastern Turkey causing great loss of life and hundreds of casualties. Radio Amateurs from the Turkish national society TRAC are responding to assist with communications in the area.
There are some frequencies in use on HF, currently used to link with Government resources and this is meaning that some frequencies outside the amateur bandplan and normal usage are being used until more equipment gets to the region. When this happens, more traffic should move to the normal Emergency Communications Centre of Activity frequencies.
Please avoid causing QRM to emergency traffic on 7.092 MHz USB. USB is being used to allow communications with a government station.
More information will be posted on this website when it is available from TRAC.