AT&T, Verizon Having Outages on the East Coast After Quake

Posted by at 12:01 pm on August 23, 2011

Multiple news outlets and messages from ToT Readers are reporting widespread phone outages across the East Coast following an earthquake. The Virginia tremor, which hit 6 on the Richter scale according to the USGS, has at least temporarily managed to disrupt cellphone and landline service on AT&T, Verizon, and possibly other carriers. It’s unclear how much of this is a genuine break in service versus just the networks being overwhelmed by calls from others.

Dense cities such as New York City are often prone to cellphone disruptions The reports are relatively broad, however. The Pentagon, JFK airport’s control tower, and other key buildings have also been temporarily evacuated.

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