Taiwan Quake Cuts Phone and Web Off

Subject: General Tech | December 27, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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If your favorite Taiwanese website isn't accessible for a while, you'll know why

TAIPEI, Taiwan Dec 27, 2006 (AP)— Telephone lines and Internet service went dead across much of Asia on Wednesday after two powerful earthquakes damaged undersea cables used by several countries to route calls and online traffic.


Repairing the cables could take weeks because crews have to pull them up and transfer them to a ship for repair, said Lin Jen-hung, vice general manager of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest phone company.


The quakes jolted Taiwan late Tuesday, setting off a tsunami alert on the second anniversary of the Dec. 26, 2004, waves and quake that killed 230,000 in nine countries from the Indonesian islands to east Africa