10 September 2012: COMMUNICATIONS experts from aid agency Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) are using satellite communications to support relief efforts in Costa Rica following a huge earthquake.
TSF despatched a team from its base in Nicaragua after the quake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale.
It was reported to be the country’s most severe earthquake in more than two decades – causing one fatality and injuring 20 people.
Parts of Costa Rica’s telecom infrastructure and electricity network have been damaged in areas close to the epicentre of the quake.
A TSF spokesman said: “Our team has already reached Filadelfia – the town most affected by the disaster – and will also be travelling to Santa Cruz and Nicoya.
“They are equipped with Inmarsat BGAN terminals and IsatPhone Pro satellite phones and are helping the Red Cross and the Costa Rican government’s Ministry of Public Works carry out assessments of the damage in the areas with no network coverage.”