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#39608 - 29 Dec 06 03:24 Indonesian Internet Problems
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Communications cut as quake strikes Taiwan

Telephone and internet services were disrupted across Asia today, hours after a powerful earthquake struck the southern part of Taiwan, killing two and triggering a regional tsunami alert.

The 6.7 magnitude quake hit just offshore near the town of Hengchun late last night, on the second anniversary of the devastating tsunami that took more than 230,000 lives in a dozen countries from the Indonesian archipelago to east Africa.

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest phone company, said it damaged two undersea cables off the Taiwanese coast. The lines route calls and process internet traffic for several Asian countries.

With repairs expected to take as long as three weeks, there were fears of further communications difficulties on Taiwan, Asia’s fifth largest economy, and additional telephone and Internet glitches in neighbouring countries including Japan, China, and South Korea.

The quake struck at 8.26pm local time, panicking residents throughout southern Taiwan, causing buildings to sway and knocking objects off the shelves in the capital of Taipei, 260 miles north of the epicentre.

Liao Ching-ling, a manager at the Ambassador Hotel in the southern city of Kaohsiung, said the quake was the strongest she had ever felt.

“The building swayed so badly that many guests panicked and ran out of their rooms and into the streets,” she said.



In Hengchun, a four-storey building collapsed, killing two and injuring six others, part of a swath of destruction that ignited fires, destroyed homes, and buckled roads and bridges in the area.

The tremor triggered a tsunami alert for southern Taiwan and the Philippines, but that was withdrawn after a predicted one-metre wave failed to materialise.

The most significant infrastructural damage was to the two undersea cable lines. It cut off 50 to 60 per cent of Chunghwa’s overall telephone capacity, the company said, severely affecting connections to China, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Service to the United States – where 60 per cent of capacity was lost – was also hard hit.

Hong Kong telephone company PCCW, which also provides internet service, said the quake cut its data capacity in half. Many Internet users were unable to access websites in parts of America, Taiwan and South Korea. Calls to Taiwan weren’t connecting.

Internet access was cut or severely slowed in Beijing, said an official from China Netcom, China’s No.2 phone company.

Businesses in various parts of the Chinese capital also said they were experiencing Internet access problems.

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#39676 - 31 Dec 06 05:42 Re: Indonesian Internet Problems [Re: Polar Bear]
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