Earthquake Rocks Virginia, Networks Roll With It

August 24th, 2011 by · 2 Comments

Yesterday, the east coast got a small taste of an event it usually associates with the other side of the continent.  An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 struck the eastern seaboard, with an epicenter in the state of Virginia to the northwest of Richmond.  That puts it close enough to the major datacenter market in the northern part of the state to have rattled a few racks and cabinets, not to mention cell towers.  While it wasn't a very big quake next to the monsters that have hit Japan, Chile, and others in the recent past, for the usually tectonically placid east coast it certainly opened a few eyes.

But while traffic surged after the quake and in some cases swamped some towers, the infrastructure itself seems to have survived without too much incident.  The major wireless providers report no damage, and Data Center Knowledge has a nice rundown of responses from major data center campuses in the region.  I haven't heard of any big fiber cuts that resulted either but if anyone has then do chime in.  Anyone out there feel it on the job yesterday?

No doubt this will prompt more than a few out there to take another look at their redundancy on the east coast.  But in the absence of any substantial problems caused by this particular event, probably few will make substantial immediate changes.

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