Earthquakes knock out Taiwan/HK websites

I admit that on the surface it does sound a bit far fetched, but it is actually true by all accounts. Thanks go to Guinness in the forums for the links and heads up.

Recent earthquakes in Asia have disrupted a major undersea fibreoptic cable causing massive connectivity issues and causing problems with 98 percent of Taiwan’s communications with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. It is expected that the communication systems swill take up to three weeks to get back to normal. For more information checkout this link to AHN. According to the news reports there has only been one death and some minor injuries associated with the event.

Here’s the note from WGC

Emergent Note : Six under-sea cable systems in Asia were damaged due to the earthquake in Taiwan. Thus, the internet links were disrupted. Normalcy is expected in few days. Meanwhile, if you cannot receive our emails, please contact us again few days later. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. [sic] (WGC

…and a similar one from RedWolf:

“URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: An earthquake in North Asia has knocked out a major internet fiber-optic cable that connects Hong Kong servers to the rest of the world. During this time, our ability to answer emails and process orders quickly will be affected. You may also experience slow performance on this site, and also recommend you select PAYPAL as form of payment for smoother processing. We have been told that emergency repairs are underway and things should be back to normal in 3-7 days. Thank you for your attention!” (RedWolf Airsoft)

Expect similar downtime and issues with your usual retailers/dealers in Asia. Two significant earthquakes have been felt in Taiwan in the past 48hrs both pretty sizable. The first was a 6.9 the other was a 7.1 shortly after. These two earthquakes sadly happened within a day of the second anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.

On this day..

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