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Wed 27 Dec 2006

Taiwan Earthquake Disrupts Asia/US Internet Access

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A strong earthquake off Taiwan late last night damaged underwater data cables carrying Internet and voice traffic between Asia and the United States, disrupting Internet access for most people here in Asia.

I'm experiencing intermittent connections when I'm trying to load pages from sites outside Singapore, but I'm still seeing hits coming in to our server from the US, United Kingdom, Australia, etc..., so this may be what they mean by connections being intermittent.

According to Cable News Asia, the damage could take days to clear. So, if you find this site responding sluggishly, this is the reason why. In the meantime, the various national telecoms providers have started arranging for alternate routes via Europe, so we should start seeing improvements in the flow of Internet traffic soon.

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