A View from Will Knight
How Hurricane Sandy Knocked Out East Coast Internet Connectivity
A video shows hurricane taking out communications as it makes landfall.
The video below, created by Internet-monitoring company Renesys, shows Hurricane Sandy taking out Internet connections along the East Coast on Monday:
From the company’s website:
..the darkest green indicates better than 99.95% of the networks are available. At the other end, solid red indicates that more than 5% of the networks at that location have been removed from the global routing table, meaning that they can’t be reached by anyone…. In fact, Manhattan’s outage rates were much higher — on the order of 10%, which is impressively low given the fact that ConEd cut power to much of the island. Silencing ten percent of the networks in the New York area is like taking out an entire country the size of Austria, in terms of impact on the global routing table.
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