March 11, 2011

Quake paralyzes Tokyo, stranding thousands and disabling mobile phones

The magnitude-8.9 quake off Japan's northeastern coast shook buildings in the capital, left millions of homes across Japan without electricity, shut down the mobile phone network and severely disrupted landline telephone service. It brought the train system to a halt, choking a daily commuter flow of more than 10 million people. [via The Globe and Mail]

According to ComputerWorld, early reports didn't indicate that wireless communications were completely crippled, although Japan's three largest mobile phone operators told Bloomberg that their services were disrupted across many regions in Japan. Those three carriers -- NTT DoCoMo, KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp. -- described wireless systems as being in either poor or bad condition after the major quake.

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