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USA Power outages
any sites go down?
ams_david




msg:304143
 8:35 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)


CNN is reporting lots of power outages throughout northeast USA. I wonder if any sites have gone down as well...

 

Robino




msg:304144
 8:40 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

nyu.edu

Ally_Cat




msg:304145
 8:50 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Some have - I couldn't get onto nj.com (was looking for info about the outage).

I'm following this on Google News right now. It's literally amazing how fast the articles are appearing. Go Google! :)

wkitty42




msg:304146
 8:53 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

has anything been said about what's causing these outages? could it be related to lovesan, msblast and teekids?

Ally_Cat




msg:304147
 9:01 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

No reports of why as of yet. I read something about a fire at a power station in Manhattan, but it was unconfirmed, and may have been *caused* by the outage and not the other way around.

ams_david




msg:304148
 9:02 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

hmm... United Nations (www.un.org) not responding, too.

rogerd




msg:304149
 9:03 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Columbia.edu (100 blocks north of nyu.edu) is off the air, too. Subways are down. Toronto & Detroit are affected as well. One story says Niagara Mohawk power company (upstate NY) got overloaded.

glengara




msg:304150
 9:07 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Still nothing on Google from here, tried .ca too, nada :-(

bakedjake




msg:304151
 9:08 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Power's off here in Cleveland... Trying to talk to the power people to get a better idea of what's going on. Google's still up for me, and none of our backbone connections are down.

Ally_Cat




msg:304152
 9:08 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

My personal site, which is hosted in Ontario, is inaccessible at the moment. :(

Am I the only person whose first thought was "I hope no one flew a plane into something..."?

coconubuck




msg:304153
 9:24 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

You werent the only one that thought the worst. Sometimes, its hard not to. It looks as though it was a mechanical problem though.

Ally_Cat




msg:304154
 9:27 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Did WebmasterWorld go down for anyone? I couldn't get on for about 10 minutes - routing problem maybe?

woop01




msg:304155
 9:28 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I thought, "what the hell did I do to my servers this time?". At least I have a descent excuse for my customers.

Jenstar




msg:304156
 9:29 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)
http://www.internetnews.com/infra/article.php/3064291

And more here:
http://news.google.com/

Explains my trouble getting into sites, I was thinking it was my internet connection.

Yidaki




msg:304157
 10:07 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

German tv says something about the huge niagara power station collapsed. Is this confirmed yet? Couldn't connect to WebmasterWorld for about 10 minutes as well ...

Wow, they show terrible videos from nyc now, crowded roads, people in elevators, metro, traffic chaos? What's going on? I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything will sort there ...

juniperwasting




msg:304158
 10:12 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am glad I am not in NYC right now, or even more so after dark. According to federal officials quoted on CNN an accident at the CON-ED plant in NY caused the Niagra Plant to overload and crash.

Yidaki




msg:304159
 10:21 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Damn, in it's worst meaning, NYC - the city that never sleeps. :/

... allthough many more cities are without power too.

jamesa




msg:304160
 10:58 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

What a mess out there, but the last word is they're a few hours away from getting power back.

I've got a server in New Jersey, but no problems thankfully.

jsinger




msg:304161
 11:51 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Looks as if eastern Canada is very hard hit. Many sites down.

PatrickDeese




msg:304162
 12:25 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

sites that I've noticed:

mail2web.com (free web based popmail access)

slashdot.org

and the site of one of my new clients that we were going to transfer to one of my servers this week. Serendipity. :)

korkus2000




msg:304163
 2:28 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

What I have noticed is my traffic is way down. Sites up but traffic is a trickle.

rjohara




msg:304164
 2:33 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

It's alternately being explained as a lightning strike at a northern New York power plant (which claims there has been no lightning strike), a problem in Canada (which says there is no problem), and a fire in a Pennsylvania plant (which says everything is operating at 100% and they haven't even had a trahscan fire). Truly bizarre. A squirrel probably got stuck in a transformer somewhere. ;-)

News reports say many places are gradually coming back online, and there has been little serious trouble apart from some frayed nerves. It's interesting that columbia.edu (in NYC) is now somehow rerouting to a "fail" page with information about the blackout.

Visit Thailand




msg:304165
 2:44 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Probably someone's kit "Mummy what does this button do?!"

On a more serious note what would people have to do if their hosts went down? I was just listening Denver may be off for at least another day.

Does anyone have any recommendations for maintaining a duplicate site (ie in Europe or elsewhere) offline that can be rapidly switched on in such a case?

bakedjake




msg:304166
 3:12 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well, we're still out in Cleveland. Power guys say 24-72 hours until restoration. We're running safely on generator power, but I'm in for one hell of a night.

That being said, no one knows how to party like Clevelanders do. All of the bars (we're in a popular district) have moved their operations outside, and are selling beer and grilling by candlelight. It's absolutely amazing - quite a sight. :)

Allergic




msg:304167
 3:31 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

It's alternately being explained as a lightning strike at a northern New York power plant (which claims there has been no lightning strike), a problem in Canada (which says there is no problem), and a fire in a Pennsylvania plant (which says everything is operating at 100% and they haven't even had a trahscan fire). Truly bizarre. A squirrel probably got stuck in a transformer somewhere. ;-)

Or may be a execution by electric chair?

mayor




msg:304168
 3:35 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

No need for terrorists here ... we've managed to do to ourselves what they've been planning for a decade.

jsinger




msg:304169
 4:19 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

4 hours without an order or even an email. Our cart is out but site is still up. Good thing we take orders by phone too.

Imagine many are watching story on TV...a better medium for this than the web. Very visual.

Was just in Manhattan with the family last week, riding subways, elevators and trains. Really feel for anyone stuck in the train to Yankee stadium in darkness...in the Bronx!

I live 1,000 miles west. Must say NYC looked stupendous last week. Times Square on a Friday night was something to see. Clean. Enormous crowds of teens from around the world.

MarkHutch




msg:304170
 4:25 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Our host is based in NY state and they have been on generator power for the past 8 hours. All sites are working well. Something like this gives us a bunch of pride in the way they prepare for these type of things.

percentages




msg:304171
 4:34 am on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

>Does anyone have any recommendations for maintaining a duplicate site (ie in Europe or elsewhere) offline that can be rapidly switched on in such a case?

Rackspace can do this for you. But a simple power outage won't shut them down anyways.

Should Texas and Virginia be wiped out by a nuke I believe they could switch you to their London data center with relative ease. Only issue here is that in such an event I doubt too many people will be buying travel related products ;)

>No need for terrorists here ... we've managed to do to ourselves what they've been planning for a decade.

Come live in Florida.....during the summer power outages occur every day....look a black cloud, turn off the grid immediately just incase lightening strikes!

My home office has enough car batteries (UPS's) to power a Scandinavian country for a week....Makes the problems of living in the UK in '79 look like small fry!

hannamyluv




msg:304172
 12:16 pm on Aug 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

*groan*

Site down. Power's back on but something's wrong with the server so the site is still down. It's gonna be a long, long day. :(

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