Ours is. And so is the internet for many other friends in offices and apartments across Shanghai.
Oddly, Gmail and Google GTalk are the only things (other than Chinese websites) that will load for us right now. We get about one-fifth of the Shanghaiist home page and then it craps out. (How did we manage to post this? Why, Shanghaiist’s St. Louis bureau, of course. Thanks, Ryan!)
We’ve been told that things are OK internet-wise up in Beijing, so maybe this is just a Shanghai thing. But, seriously, are there any other major “international cities” out there where a kink in a cord can fuck things up for millions and millions of people? We’ve got college football scores to check.
UPDATE: This just in:
Taiwan quake disrupts mainland Internet
Shanghai. December 27. INTERFAX-CHINA – A large earthquake near Taiwan last night has disrupted mainland China’s Internet access to international Web sites, a China Netcom official told Interfax today.
“The earthquake in Taiwan affected the undersea optical cable, which disrupted the Internet connection to international Web sites. We are trying to restore the Internet connection by using some back-up networks and satellite communication,” Zhou Yaqin, a public relations official at China Netcom, said.
Zhou said the company does not know when Internet access will return to normal.
Last night at 8:26 p.m. a 7.1 magnitude earthquake stuck off the southwestern coast of Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geogological Survey.
Oddly, people say things are loading fine in Pudong. Want to share a cab?