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Keeping the world connected
This map shows the global network of submarine cables providing the world's internet. Such networks can become overloaded if major failures occur - particularly if so-called "pinch points" are hit by natural disasters. The port of Alexandria in Egypt - at the centre of this map - is often at risk from ships dropping anchor and severing cables - putting strain on connections between Europe, Africa and Asia. Map provided by Telegeography.

Read more: Shielding technology from disaster
Last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami...
Faced with disaster Sony, Texas Instruments, Sharp, Panasonic and others had to shut affected factories. Sony alone posted a £122m loss for the quarter following the disaster.

It was the beginning of a challenging year - just months later, the sector was rocked by another disaster: Thailand's floods - the worst in over 50 years to hit the manufacturing hub.

The impact of both events is still being felt by companies and consumers today due to component shortages and inflated prices.
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