Worth Reading: The root of a robust Internet

On 26 December 2006, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Taiwan. This was the Hengchun earthquake, and the quake and its aftershocks resulted in six of the seven submarine cables serving Hong Kong being cut, severely disrupting Internet services on the Special Administrative Region. PCCW, the largest Internet operator in Hong Kong, reported a reduction of 50% in data capacity, neighbouring Taiwan had a 100% outage to Hong Kong and South-East Asia, while China’s two main operators reported over 90% outages. —APNIC