29th December 2006

Taiwan Earthquake

As you probably already heard, or perhaps even noticed, two days ago an undersea earthquake off the coast of Taiwan disrupted communications across east Asia by damaging cables that were on the bottom of the sea.
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The tremor struck at 12.26 GMT yesterday, and was measured at 7.1 on the Richter scale by the US Geological Survey. Warnings of a one metre high tsunami headed for the Philippines were issued, but luckely the wave did not make land. The BBC reports two people were killed and at least 42 injured on Taiwan.

The islands biggest telecoms provider, Chunghwa Telecom Co., said damage to its undersea cables had cut off 98 per cent of communication with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. Repairs are set to take up to three weeks, according to the firm. metoclopramide without prescription
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China Telecommunications Group said its connections with the US and Europe had been disrupted too. It said: “Internet connections have been seriously affected, and phone links and dedicated business lines have also been affected to some degree.” Slow internet services in the region, as well as websites hosted in this region, are expected over the next few weeks.

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  1. 1 On April 14th, 2010, Mitchel Policz said:

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