Despite all the bloggers touting the usefulness of the internet to report disasters, there have been few news stories about the disruption of the Asian internet last December, when an earthquake hit off the coast of Taiwan and cut the communication cables. This caused problems in both internet and telephone traffic in the Asian/Pacific area.

It took two weeks for us to get even a minimum internet linkage, and we still see delays in internet traffic. How much of our internet difficulty is due to local phone lines and how much from the cable, I am not sure. However, THIS REPORT suggests that bad weather has delayed repairs of the internet cables. However, the internet traffic has been diverted around the damage, which is probably why I am able to post here today.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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