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SolidSnake IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 27 December 2006 at 5:23am | IP Logged l

Quakes in Taiwan strike Asian net, telecom services
27 December 2006

In a low blow to high tech, the earthquakes near Taiwan, have disrupted internet and telecom services across Asia as the undersea Sea-Me-We3 linking Europe to Asia and APCN2 network that connects Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, were damaged.

According to the US Geological Survey web site, the main quake, classified as "major" struck 10km under the seabed, igniting fears of another tsunami strike.

Among the services to be hit the hardest by the quakes, including one measuring 7.1 Richter, were corporate communications, financial services including online banking, telecom voice and data services in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and China. However, Hong Kong's stock exchange reported normalcy.

According to reports eight STM-1 cables from Okinawa off Japan and 4 STM-1 cables to Shanghai are acting as backup, Chunghwa said in a statement. The company may also use the ST-1 satellite.

Voice call services to the US had broken down to less than half the handling capacity and to China and Japan only 10 per cent. Some companies are rerouting their calls within Asia through the US and Europe.

Reports say that repairs could take several weeks.


Thats why net has been very slow at times for me today. Anyone else experiencing problems?

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WillSmith456 IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 27 December 2006 at 11:47pm | IP Logged
i am very well suffering here at bangladesh too. Ouch Yaar as soon as server gets repaired. It may take 3 weeks coz till then it will improve daily

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WillSmith456 IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 27 December 2006 at 11:52pm | IP Logged
Details here from the BBC :-

Asia communications hit by quake
Rescue workers in Pingtung county in Taiwan
The quake was felt across Taiwan
Telecommunications across Asia have been severely disrupted because of damage to undersea cables caused by Tuesday's earthquake near Taiwan.

Banks and businesses in Taiwan, South Korea, China and Japan reported telephone and internet problems.

The earthquake, a magnitude 7.1 according to the US Geological Survey, struck off Taiwan's southern coast

Two people were killed and at least 42 injured in the temblor, which shook buildings across the island.

The earthquake took place at 2026 (1226 GMT) south-west of Hengchun. It was followed by a number of aftershocks.

Japan's Meteorological Agency had warned of a possible localised tsunami heading towards the Philippines, but nothing was later reported.

'Seriously affected'

Taiwan's largest telephone company, Chunghwa Telecom Co, said damage to an undersea cable had disrupted 98% of Taiwan's communications with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Repairs could take three weeks, Vice-General Manager Lin Jen-hung said, but quality would improve daily.


Telecommunications companies in Hong Kong, Japan and China also reported problems.

China's biggest telecoms provider, China Telecommunications Group, said that communications cables to the US and to Europe had been damaged.

"Internet connections have been seriously affected, and phone links and dedicated business lines have also been affected to some degree," it said.

In South Korea, broadband provider KT Corp said six submarine cables had been affected, interrupting services to customers including banks.

Some foreign exchange trading was reportedly affected.

"Trading of the Korean won has mostly halted due to the communication problem," a dealer at one South Korean domestic bank told Reuters news agency.

Several companies have warned of slow internet access over the next few days.

In Taiwan, rescue workers were searching through rubble for people injured in the earthquake.

Two members of a family died in Hengchun when their house collapsed, Taiwanese officials said

The earthquake came on the second anniversary of the Asian tsunami, which claimed almost 250,000 lives.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 December 2006, 16:22 GMT
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Strong quake strikes off Taiwan
A strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has struck off Taiwan, followed by a powerful aftershock, according to the US Geological Survey.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported, but correspondents says the quake could be felt across the island.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the danger of a tsunami heading for the Philippines has passed.

The tremors come on the second anniversary of the Asian tsunami, which claimed almost 250,000 lives.

Almost 170,000 died in Aceh in Indonesia with thousands more killed in Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.

'Swayed buildings'

Tuesday's first tremor took place at 2026 (1226 GMT) south-west of Hengchun on the southern tip of Taiwan, the island's Central Weather Bureau said - measuring it as 6.7 on the Richter scale.

The second quake happened nearby, about 10 minutes later, and was put at 6.4 on the Richter Scale.

The quake swayed buildings and knocked objects off the shelves in Taipei.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.

Earthquakes are frequent in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

More than 2,000 people died in a quake seven years ago.

india9 IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 28 December 2006 at 4:09am | IP Logged
omg Ouch
zakir900 Senior Member

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Posted: 28 December 2006 at 10:20pm | IP Logged
YA IT'S RLLY slow Ouch
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