AFP article on Taiwan cable repair effort
joelja at bogus.com
Tue Jan 16 17:08:37 UTC 2007
Jim Segrave wrote:
> On Sun 14 Jan 2007 (01:51 -0800), Bill Woodcock wrote:
>> A few numbers to help understand the scale of the effort being applied.
> Is it just me or is this article a migraine inducing mix of metric and
> English measures?
you're lucky they also didn't use nautical miles and fathoms (1.829
meters in si units)...
> down to about 4,000 metres (2.5 miles), ...
> 100 metres (yards) long ...
> waiting for 30 to 40 mile-an-hour winds (48 to 64 kilometres- an-hour)
> to die down...
> The winds have stirred up 10 to 12 metre waves....
> Today's fibre optic cables are just 21 millimetres in diameter....
> The grapnel is a metal tool about 18 by 24 inches (46 by 61
> centimetres) ...
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