Could a Hurricane Take Down The Internet? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Could a Hurricane Take Down The Internet? [INFOGRAPHIC] hurricane satelliteIf you’re living in certain parts of the United States, then you will be very familiar with the weather phenomenon known as “hurricanes” and indeed recently, you had Hurricane Isaac ripping across your shores. Obviously, violent weather of this kind causes a tremendous amount of damage, both to infrastructure and to peoples lives in general. But have you ever taken into consideration that a hurricane could potentially bring down the Internet?

The possibility of this increases the more we depend on “the cloud” for our storage.  Huge data centers are built, and are continuing to be built, to accommodate our insatiable need for endless storage space. But all it takes is for one big puff from a hurricane to knock those data centers over and suddenly it’s adios Reddit and au revoir Instagram. However will we cope? I know, let’s all go over to Facebook…wait, that’s down too? Oh….

What do you think?  Is the Internet at the mercy of Mother Nature? Can a hurricane temporarily knock out the Internet, or part of it?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Marko Resnik
    September 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    You cannot mess with Mother Nature you know... :)

  2. Daniel Escasa
    September 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    A hurricane or other natural disaster (e.g., earthquake) can take down servers, but, as Paul Harris says, the infrastructure itself will survive. Now that may not matter much if the server you want to reach is down due to some natural disaster, but if the server makes money for its owner, you can be sure that it'll be backed up, or even have a fail-over system, maybe a site that'll take over if it determines that the primary site is inoperative.

  3. Craig Snyder
    September 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Being from the state of Florida, I will insist that a hurricane can take down anything.

  4. IamAshMcLean
    September 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    In the Caribbean and many parts of the World, they put the system Ultramarine (underwater). I'm not sure if this is safe in case of a Hurricane or any other Phenomenom.

  5. Paul Harris
    September 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    If my understanding of the Internet is correct, it similar to a beehive, or to the Borg in Star Trek. Like a huge inter-connected brain. When one bee / Borg dies, the communications bypass the dead connector and re-route to its objective.

    I think a bullet hitting a beehive would be similar to a hurricane hitting the Internet.
    It will do damage, but repairable.