Japan's Internet survives natural disasters


For a country that has endured as much as Japan has recently, you have to give them kudos for having a strong infrastructure. Despite the 9.0 quake that struck, a surprisingly low percentage of Internet connections dropped throughout the country, and even those that did go down came back quickly. Japan's undersea cables have managed to survive and have been an invaluable resource for those stuck in Japan trying to reach loved ones.

Besides the miracles of the Internet allowing our beloved Dale North to inform us all that he was alive and well, I also have another friend from school who was on vacation in the Tokyo area. His ability to get on Facebook and let us all know that he was okay was incredibly relieving--and makes me incredibly grateful that Japan's Internet is a sturdy and well oiled machine.

It's times like these where I wonder what we did before the Internet. Phone calls? Land lines? HAND WRITTEN LETTERS!??! While some may think the Internet is a digital harbinger of the end times, I still think it's one of the greatest tools out there, and for better or worse, its ability to connect people is simply amazing.

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