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Taiwan quake breaks internet connections

South East Asia badly affected
Wed Dec 27 2006, 09:10
ASSOCIATED PRESS reported that a 6.7 earthquake off the coast of Taiwan damaged cables providing internet and other comms in multiple countries including China, Japan, and South Korea.

Two people died in Hengchun after their house collapsed. The quake, according to USGS, happened at a depth of 10 kilometres, just off the south west coast of the island.

Taiwan itself was hard hit, the report said, and affected 98 per cent of the country's comms with Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

It may take three to four weeks to restore the service.

Web site The Internet Traffic Report, shows a severe dip in communications in Asia. µ

Taipei Times report on quake


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