Post-hurricane update from Arecibo radio telescope

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USRA, the university consortium that operates the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, has released an update on the observatory’s condition following Hurricane Maria.

Currently, we have no contact with the Observatory. One observatory staff member located in Arecibo Town contacted via short-wave radio reports that trees are down, power is out, houses damaged and roads impassable. We have no reason to believe that staff sheltered at Arecibo Observatory are in immediate danger since they have generators, well water and plenty of food. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we are trying to do the best we can to contact USRA employees and find out their status.

Essentially, they don’t know much at this point.



  • Cotour

    I was listening to a talk show and someone called that had people in or around Aricbo and they said they were able to contact them through an app called Zello, a walkie talkie app. (?)

  • Cotour

    Thats “Arecibo”.

    Please forgive.

  • wayne

    Do they have phone service, on the island?

  • Cotour

    I think what is going on is there may be some level of cell service because some remaining cell towers probably have some degree of generation or battery / solar cell / electricity storage capacity and there is an ability of this app service to communicate with them and then out to the island.

    Just a guess on my part.

  • wayne

    Big-Fake-Media, just never covers the functional-aspects of these natural-disasters. (it’s all superficial blather, non-stop.)

    In Texas & Florida, ATT has deployed scores of “COW’S,” — portable cell-towers-on-wheels, but I haven’t been follow PR that closely.

    Personally, I think it’s hilarious all these people think they can stream internet (and make calls) in the middle of a hurricane.

    Referencing Puerto Rico in general– they were totally bankrupt before the hurricane, now the REST OF US WILL be FORCED to pay for 150% of reconstruction

  • Cotour

    To your media and the superficial blather observation:

    Out of the blue, a woman who works for me comes to the store last night, upset, tears in her eyes.

    “Whats the matter?”

    “I have been watching all of the disaster stories, Harvey, Irma, Marie and now the Mexican earth quake and I feel I should be scared. Should I be scared? What should we do? Whats going on?” (No BS, this is exactly what she said to me. I had to calm her down she was so upset)

    You must stop watching the news, I suggested. Guess what news organization she watches? CNN. They are all bad but by far CNN is the worst. I understand the need to fill up time on the air but they seem to tell the “News” and then pile a whole lot of bonus fear on top. If you tend to watch these things without any form of internal filter firmly installed then it will tend to make you crazy. A negative aspect of our “Progress”, the human brain is not equipped to deal with the mass of content that it has access to. And there in lies the power of the media to manipulate the masses, X’s 10 given the new technologies and communication modes.

    (I suggested she stop watching CNN and Morning Joe (her favorites, along with The Rachel Maddow Show) long ago, but he ignored me and she persists.

    I suggested that she do something that would make her feel like she was contributing something positive to help these people, like raise some funds or gather supplies and clothing for the Salvation Army or the like, but for the most part you can not do much about it. “Be grateful that you have not been directly effected, you are safe.”

    This is what is going on in probably a large segment of the public’s minds because they are so invested in the words that these media producers and manipulators pump into their brains and are ill equipped to properly interpret it and keep everything in context.

    She is a very nice and compassionate Liberal.

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