A Cable Cut, A Channel Congested (or Closed)

Some fascinating vignettes in The Day the Pixels Froze: When a Digital World Was Stopped by a Natural Disaster

People awoke Wednesday to find themselves without e-mail or the Internet and, in some cases, without telephone connections, cut off from the rest of the world.

The earthquake ruptured undersea cables that are part of a communications fabric that circles the globe.

Coming on the second anniversary of the Asian tsunami that killed 230,000 people, it was a reminder of the world’s increasing dependence on communications technology.

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