London Explosions: Web performance impact

Most of the time, I leave the morbid Web performance post-mortems to my former employer. However, I had to note that the flash traffic resulting from the explosions in London has effectively crushed the Web sites of the BBC (main site, not the news site), Sky News, and ITN.
This information is purely anecdotal; I am having incredible difficulty getting to any of these sites from here in the US.
On a side note, Technorati is either responding very slowly, or not at all. Not sure if this related to the events in London, or some other event.
This is shocking. Listening to Tony Blair, you could hear the anger in his voice.
UPDATE: Flickr Pool

UPDATE: Steve Rubel tells us that he is experiencing similar performance degradadtion. He also points to Jeff Jarvis linking to bloggers on the bombing.


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