in Data & Insights

Washington D.C. Quake Shakes Up Internet Traffic

A 5.9 earthquake hit the Washington D.C. area today at 1.51PM local time. One of our data centers is located in the DC area, and looking at our measurement requests during this period provides insight into the impact the quake had on general Internet media consumption. As you can see in the graphic below, at the instant of the quake, Internet traffic dropped briefly (presumably as people reacted), and then in the immediate aftermath traffic spiked as people sought information from across the web.

We saw similar traffic patterns in our other east coast datacenters with New York almost as pronounced.