Cap'n Bubba the marine backhoe driver - SEA-ME-WE 3 and 4, FLAG cut
eslerj at gmail.com
Fri Dec 19 11:32:13 CST 2008
I just posted an article about this on the Internet Storm Center, I
have reports pouring in there as well.
On Dec 19, 2008, at 12:17 PM, Suresh Ramasubramanian allegedly wrote:
>> If you can't read this email, please go to :http://www.orange.com/en_EN/press/press_releases/cp081219en.html
>> Paris, December 19, 2008
>> Three undersea cables cut: traffic greatly disturbed between Europe
>> Asia/Near East zone
>> 3 cables cut this morning (Sea Me We3 partly + Sea Me We4 + FLAG)
>> France Telecom Marine cable ship about to depart
>> France Telecom observed today that 3 major underwater cables were
>> ?Sea Me We 4? at 7:28am, ?Sea Me We3? at 7:33am and FLAG at 8:06am.
>> The causes of the cut, which is located in the Mediterranean between
>> Sicily and Tunisia, on sections linking Sicily to Egypt, remain
>> Most of the B to B traffic between Europe and Asia is rerouted
>> the USA.
>> Traffic from Europe to Algeria and Tunisia is not affected, but
>> from Europe to the Near East and Asia is interrupted to a greater or
>> lesser extent (see country list below).
>> Part of the internet traffic towards R?union is affected as well as
>> towards Jordan.
>> A first appraisal at 7:44 am UTC gave an estimate of the following
>> impact on the voice traffic (in percentage of out of service
>> - Saudi Arabia: 55% out of service
>> - Djibouti: 71% out of service
>> - Egypt: 52% out of service
>> - United Arab Emirates: 68% out of service
>> - India: 82% out of service
>> - Lebanon: 16% out of service
>> - Malaysia: 42% out of service
>> - Maldives: 100% out of service
>> - Pakistan: 51% out of service
>> - Qatar: 73% out of service
>> - Syria: 36% out of service
>> - Taiwan: 39% out of service
>> - Yemen: 38% out of service
>> - Zambia: 62% out of service
>> France Telecom immediately alerted one of the two maintenance boats
>> based in the Mediterranean area, the ?Raymond Croze?. This France
>> Telecom Marine cable ship based at Seyne-sur-Mer has received its
>> mobilization order early this afternoon and will cast off tonight at
>> 3:00 am with 20 kilometers spare cable on board. It should be on
>> location on Monday morning for a relief mission.
>> Priority will be given to the recovery of the Sea Me We4 cable,
>> then on
>> the Sea Me We3.
>> By December 25th, Sea Me We4 could be operating. By December 31st,
>> situation should be back to normal.
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