Work is underway to repair underwater cables following an earthquake which triggered one of the biggest telecommunications outages across Asia in years. Tuesday’s powerful tremors off the southern tip of Taiwan damaged up to a dozen fibre-optic cables that cross the ocean floor carrying traffic between Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, south East Asia and the US. The quake also claimed the lives of two people and injured more than 40. Banks and businesses in Taiwan, South Korea, China and Japan reported telephone and internet problems.
Taiwan’s top phone company Chungwa announced losses of 2.3 million euros in revenue due to damage from earthquakes and shares rose by 0.33 percent. This morning, internet and phone networks were getting back to normal as operators switched traffic away from the damaged cables. Engineers say it could take two to three weeks to repair the harm caused by the earthquake, which has highlighted the vulnerability of the global telecommunications network.