Superstorm Sandy and the Global Internet

The Internet has managed to collect its fair share of mythology, and one of the more persistent myths is that from its genesis in a cold war US think tank in the 1960's the Internet was designed with remarkable ability to "route around damage.” Whether the story of this cold war think tank is true or not, the capability of the Internet to route around damage was put to the test when superstorm Sandy made landfall at the same point where more than 20 major trans-Atlantic submarine cables make their landfall. In the ensuing blackout and tidal surge in New York just how well did the global Internet fare?