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Big L.A. earthquake could cripple Internet, cellphone service - latimes.com




Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge
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Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge

 

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In the case of a huge earthquake, fiber-optic telecommunication lines could be severed by the violent dislocation of the fault. 


January 17, 201410:25 a.m.



Cellphone towers in areas that experience heavy shaking could collapse or be damaged, experts say.

Even if the towers are not damaged, a surge in phone usage after a major quake is sure to bring interruptions.

The relatively modest magnitude 5.5 Chino Hills quake in 2008 caused major problems with cellphone and land-line communications. Some cellphone companies reported up to an 800% increase in calls, far more than they had expected in a true disaster. Even phones in some police agencies near the epicenter were knocked off-line.

The same thing happened after the 2011 Washington, D.C.-area quake. Several companies said many customers struggled to make phone calls but could still send and receive text messages.



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