Diana mourners send UK Web access soaring

The death of Princess Diana caused an unprecedented rush to the Web in the UK as surfers frantically sought more information about the tragedy.

As an example, sources said that the Yahoo! UK & Ireland search site received about 1.8 million page requests yesterday, close to treble the usual number of accesses.

Ralph Averbuch, producer for Yahoo! UK & Ireland, said that it was company policy not to disclose access figures but said that the site had received hundreds of e-mails from Web users wanting to know where to send condolence messages.

Yahoo! has responded by setting up a special area for Diana coverage.