Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Repairs To Quake-Hit Asia Internet Cables Delayed Again

Graphic of submarine cable repair process courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 29, 2007
Hong Kong's telecom regulator said Monday bad weather had again delayed full repairs to undersea cables damaged last year by an earthquake, which badly disrupted Internet access in parts of Asia. The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) said most of the seven submarine cables, damaged by a powerful 7.1-magnitude temblor off Taiwan on December 26, have now been fixed but that one will take longer than estimated.

Repair work will be completed at the end of February, instead of mid-February as had been anticipated earlier.

"The repair work of one section of a cable will now complete by the end of next month," said OFTA Director General Au Man-ho. "Bad weather, technical problems and other reasons are causing the delay."

However, he said Internet providers had diverted Web traffic and that the delay was not having a significant impact on Internet services in Hong Kong.

"According to our reports from the providers, all services have largely been resumed back to normal -- it's approaching 100 percent," he said.

Au said a new warning system will be set up next month to alert the public if a similar Internet breakdown occurs again.

The Boxing Day earthquake snapped several international telecom cables, sparking widespread communication disruption in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and elsewhere.

Problems also occurred as far away as Australia.

The earthquake left two people dead and at least 42 injured in Taiwan.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
Bring Order To A World Of Disasters
Satellite-based Internet technlogies

Europe And Asia Must Up Response To Natural Disasters
Geneva (AFP) Jan 29, 2007
Asia continues to bear the brunt of the world's natural disasters and the region's economic boom has not yet led to effective response systems, a report said on Monday. Meanwhile, Europe's record on response and prevention is "dismal" given its high level of development, the annual report on natural disasters by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) at the University of Louvain in Belgium.

  • Repairs To Quake-Hit Asia Internet Cables Delayed Again
  • Europe And Asia Must Up Response To Natural Disasters
  • Munich Re Says Insurers Face Up To 7-Billion-Euro Bill From Winter Storm
  • Rapid Response To Avian Flu Threat

  • Melting Glaciers Show Climate Change Speeding Up
  • All Eyes On Scientists As Climate Summit Opens
  • Climate Scientists Set To Serve Up A Slab Of Bad News
  • Business World Urges Governments To Be Bolder On Climate Change

  • First Thai Observation Satellite To Be Orbited In October
  • Space Technology Can Help Ailing Agri Sector: Kasturirangan
  • Russia's Putin, India Call For 'Weapons Free' Space
  • New Sensor To Be A Boon To Astronomers

  • Heat Mining All The Rage As Next US Energy Source
  • Crude Prices Retreat Amid Rising US Reserves
  • Portugal Wants Renewables To Meet Nearly Half Of Its Electricity Needs
  • Iowa State Corn Soy Plastics To Be Made Into Hog Feeders

  • Study Uncovers A Lethal Secret Of 1918 Influenza Virus
  • Scientists Reveal A Virus' Secret Weapon
  • World's Response To Children With Aids 'Tragically Insufficient'
  • UN Body Says EU Ban On Wild Bird Imports Won't Help Stop Bird Flu

  • Darwin's Bulldog And The Time Machine
  • Does Evolution Select For Faster Evolvers
  • Woman "Saved Husband's Life" In Lion Attack
  • Biologist Clair Ting Explores Photosynthetic Apparatus

  • Kathmandu Today Little More Than A Garbage Dump And Open Sewer
  • Record Fine For China Factory Over Infamous Songhua Spill
  • Flights To Avoid Indonesian Mud Volcano Postponed
  • Lead With A Poisonous Electron Shield

  • Anthropologist Confirms Hobbit A Separate Species
  • Human Circadian Clocks Couple To Local Sun Time
  • Paleontologists Discover Most Primitive Primate Skeleton
  • Unprecedented Screening For Lifespan-Extending Compounds to Get Underway

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement