6.5 magnitude earthquake in California causing local poweroutage

Published: 2010-01-10
Last Updated: 2010-01-10 04:05:27 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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A 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of California [1] is causing some local power outages at the very northern end of California [2]. This cooridor along the west coast is heavily used by various networks connecting the west coast as well as by landing points for cables from Australia and Asia.

Keynote is reporting some delays in San Diego between NTT and Verizon as well as Sprint [3]. Of course, San Diego is at the other end of the state, but it is possible that a disruption up north is effecting some connectivity leading down to San Diego.

NTT appears to use the "Trans Pacific Express" cable which lands in Oregon, about 500 Miles north of the quake [4] (probably too far to be affected)

Damage from the quake appears to be very limited. One interesting note: The quake ruptured gas lines as well as power lines. If you need natural gas for your generator, you may be out of luck.

[1] http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/nc71338066/
[2] http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hSbG8pfMD-xv2Azo_WnqSVT_fO_Q
[3] http://www.internetpulse.net/
[4] http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20091225a.html

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

Keywords: earthquake
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