It is exactly 24 hours after the earthquake in Taiwan. The earthquake caused 6 major fiber cable between China and U.S., between Korea and Hong Kong, and between Hong Kong and Shanghai were broken.
This is according to local news:
20:25 China-U.S. Cable broke
20:25 Asia-Europe #3 Cable broke
00:06 Asia-Pacific #2 S7 broke
02:00 Asia-Pacfic $2 S3 broke
20:43 Flag from Korea to Hong Kong broke
04:56 Flag from Hongkong to Shanghai broke
For the whole day, servers outside China (in U.S. or Europe) were not accessible. From my personal experience, this is a list:
home.wangjianshuo.com (very slow. It takes 5 minutes to open this editing page).
Gmail.com – very very slow, and almost not accessible
MSN Messenger – completely unable to logon
Skype – it still works
All other sites in US, very slow.
In China, the Internet experienced 24 hours without connection to U.S.
Local v.s. International Sites
In the morning, friends started to spread out QQ numbers, and I know many people have to turn on QQ or register QQ.
Gmail is not working, and hotmail.com is not accessible. To send a file to my friends who uses @163.com email address, I registered a new @163.com email address to ensure delivery.
eBay.com.cn is not accessible for many hours, and I don’t know how many users switch to Taobao.
This time, not 1 cable was cut off – it was 6 cables that was cut off. It is said it takes at least one month to recover. It takes only 21 days to form a habit. To get used to a new site takes much less time. This must be a huge opportunity for local web sites.