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Boogie Pensacola Y2K Coverage

How Bad Is It?

Y2K will not affect everyone evenly. Some industries will be more affected than others, and some countries will be more affected than others.

In the U.S., problems should be mildly annoying. There should be no widespread basic service outages in the U.S or Western Europe, although isolated outages will crop up here and there.

Russia and Eastern Europe will be worse off. Indonesia is on the verge of civil war even before expected Y2K problems.

"There will almost certainly be a cry for humanitarian relief from some developing countries suffering Y2K failures in their infrastructures," said U.S. Senator Robert Bennett, chair of the Senate's Y2K committee.

Countries and industries that are well-prepared for Y2K, and should experience minor problems:

Countries and industries that are poorly prepared for Y2K, and will likely experience significant problems:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom

  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Insurance
  • Electricity
  • Telecommunications

  • Russia
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • China
  • Italy
  • Eastern European nations

  • Health care
  • Education
  • Air traffic control
  • Social services

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