Effects of Hurricane Sandy on Internet Traffic

Yesterday morning I took a look at the Internet traffic report, which is a website that monitors Internet traffic flows and response times and tweeted about what I saw on the report. I figured the scale of the impact on internet network traffic was large enough that it was worthy of a blog entry. After reviewing the information on the website I calculated from the data that overall Internet traffic was affected by approximately -8% and that Internet packet loss was increased by 16% globally as a result of hurricane Sandy.  Below you can see the graphs from the Internet traffic report website located at http://www.internettrafficreport.com/30day.htm.
Global Traffic Index for the past 30 days.

In the chart above you can see a significant decline in the traffic index on the day Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States.

Global Packet Loss
 for the past 30 days:

in the chart above, although packet loss and increased back in October 11 for unknown reasons, there was a significant increase in packet loss as a result of Sandy from approximately 20 ms to 23 ms. Which is roughly a 10% increase in packet loss.