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Earthquakes Hit East Coast and Colorado, Wireless Coverage May Be Spotty

Many of you are aware that earthquakes have hit both the east coast (Virginia up to Boston) and Colorado in the last hour leaving cell coverage in trouble.  We have reports from readers and industry connections that towers are currently out in Virginia and possibly up through New York.  No word yet on Colorado.  If you attempt to make calls, you may be directed instantly to voicemail.

If you are in an area that was touched by one of these ‘quakes, feel free to let us know in the comments if you have cell service.

As we hear more, we’ll be sure to update this post.

Update:  We’re hearing that texting and data will still work in areas where voice has gone down.

Updating…

  • Anonymous

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  • LionStone

    Now SF, Cali just had an earthquake…Mother Nature must be pissed.

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  • D

    Verizon worked like a charm in Northern Virgnia (@20 mi from DC. Text, calls, all went through without a hitch. 

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  • Jack Sanchez

    It lasted for about 10 seconds by me.

  • Anonymous

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  • David

    I felt it here in jersey… I thought it was my dog scratching himself and then realized he was down the hallway… It was so little here though… But shit atleast i know now when there is an earthquake ill just sit in the middle of the room and look at my dog.hahahaha…. I better get a new plan cause something is wrong with that one

  • Ryan C

    I live in central PA, and i was kayaking at the time but i noticed nothing… and cell service was fine

  • Anonymous

    Comments should really be moderated more closely…

  • Trooper

    Yep felt it here at work.  (Right near Philly).  Whole building shook and we had to evacuate.  My co workers have Sprint and T-Mobile (phail). My Droid X on VZW kept on ticking. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’m having data issues on Sprint in Colorado.

  • Woodking7

    Boston here, my DROIDX just shielded me from it so I didn’t even noticed…..my boy said he felt it …..but I mean he does have an iphone

  • Mack

    yeah my phone went down for a while. The quake was a 5.9 and the epicenter was 9 miles outside of mineral Virginia and was felt as far north as Toronto. The building I was in actually swayed from side to side.  

    • sog805

      5.9…thats nothing compared to what we get here in LA

    • guest

      as i said above: when you work 4 blocks from the white house and stuff starts shaking i’m sure your first thought is ‘it’s just a 5.9 earthquake…’

  • Anonymous

    I was not able to make any calls on VZW or ATT but was able to send emails. Text messages were eventually delivered, though not very fast. I think the carriers have a lot to learn until they can support calls during emergencies such as today’s earthquake. 

  • damn earth memes

  • ryan

    All of you are a bunch of little girls. That’s the east cost for you. Everyone screams bloody murder!!! Nothing happened. When I lived is southern california for 15 years, if it was under 6 you didn’t even wake up. Oh…. and cell service isn’t out, its just over loaded. Same thing happens during new years all over the country. Stupid east coast!!!!

    • Erik Strouse

      Hey Ryan, when you live in an area that has been structurally built to withstand an earthquake and experience them regularly, yes, what happened in VA today is not that serious.  However, Ryan, I live in DC and work in a recreation center 9 stories tall NOT built to withstand a 5.9 earthquake, not to mention have ever felt an earthquake before. The fear and reality of what happened was jarring.  So stop acting like some hardass because you are well prepared for them when 100% of the population on the East Coast is not.

    • Scott

      So next time a major hurricane strikes California, I’ll try to not mock.

    • guest

      when you work 4 blocks from the white house and stuff starts shaking i’m sure your first thought is ‘it’s just a 5.9 earthquake…’

  • Cami K

    Im in Va right in the middle of it all and there was no Verizon service at first and then it was overloaded but it seems to be better now..

  • Dr. Buttballs

    I live in central New York near Syracuse and have been having data issues all day.

  • Torrington, CT felt it. I thought I was imagining things so didn’t post anything about it. Guess it was real! I felt my whole couch shift up and down a few times, almost disorienting me because I didn’t expect it, and the Gatorade bottle on my table had the liquid shifting a good 1/2cm back and forth.

  • Anonymous

    Also its said that cuz of plate tectonics, earthquakes east of the Rockies travel farther than earthquakes of the same magnitude on the west coast, so don’t compare east and west so much especially since the east is so not used to it and not well equipped for it. Just glad nothing major went down too near me, hope everyone’s alright.

  • Anonymous

    why is this every where in the news? 5.9 is like nothing

    • In CA it’s nothing, we have strict building codes. Other states not prone to frequent earthquakes don’t have such requirements and can have major damage with 5.0’s and higher quakes.

      • Erik Strouse

        seriously… I was in a 9 story rec center in DC… not an experience I ever want to have again knowing that facility is not meant to withstand it…

    • guest

      as i said twice above: when you work 4 blocks from the white house and stuff starts shaking i’m sure your first thought is ‘it’s just a 5.9 earthquake…’

  • OG Droid

    It wasn’t an earthquake, it was Chuck Norris pushing the earth down.

  • Littleperry04

    Corning, NY felt the earthquake. Still have cell service

  • Anonymous

    felt in Long Island…thought i was just dizzy

  • Kyle Lehman

    Felt the shock here in Moorestown, NJ.  Cell service has been very spotty since.  Text messages have been going through but voice has not be so successful.  Love the Google+ Nearby tab.  Got to communicate with some strangers while I was sitting out in the parking lot at work.

  • Anonymous

    Very spotty here in DC but getting better over last 20 mins or so it seems

  • I felt it at the Jersey Shore, chandeliers where swinging

    • Time for some GTL and to get it in with Snooks.

      • EC8CH

        “Jersey Shore Chandelier” sounds dirty like “Cleveland Steamer”.

  • Earthshake!!!

    Cell service seems fine in Colorado. Trinidad Colorado.

  • I just checked my verizon service again, it sounds like it is back to normal

  • Anonymous

    Wait East coast of America or East coast of Zimbabwe?

  • I live about 20 minutes NE of the quake’s center. My ability to make/receive calls has been spotty. I’ve been using google voice. Possibly my favorite google service in existence.

  • James_Ever

    CNN just announced many have just lost cell reception on the East Coast. I hope everyone in these areas take precautions and are safe. I know this is forum is about technology, but I feel its always good to be considerate and send good thoughts to others.

  • Scott

    Hit in Annapolis, MD. No cell service, but have limited 3G and can talk via texting

  • I think it is sad that our infrastructure is so frail that a 5.9 earthquake takes out good portions of the cell network. If anything the communications infrastructure should be more resilient to stuff like this so if there is an emergency it could be used.

    Not like this was a 7 or 8 that destroys cities or anything like that.

  • In College Park, MD and i can’t make calls.

  • You guys are such earthquake nubs.  I remember the ’94 Northridge quake – 100 times stronger than yours – it woke me up at 4am by throwing me OUT of my water bed and onto the floor.  5s are just fun after that 😉

    • You live in an area designed to withstand earthquakes. They are less common on the east coast and midwest. Buildings are also way older and not up to current codes. Masonry and brick crumble like dust in an earthquake. If I felt a fiver on the west coast, I’d just roll with the earth… out on the east coast? I’d fear for my life.

    • You live in an area designed to withstand earthquakes. They are less common on the east coast and midwest. Buildings are also way older and not up to current codes. Masonry and brick crumble like dust in an earthquake. If I felt a fiver on the west coast, I’d just roll with the earth… out on the east coast? I’d fear for my life.

    • guest

      as i said three times above: when you work 4 blocks from the white house and stuff starts shaking i’m sure your first thought is ‘it’s just a 5.9 earthquake…’

  • Anonymous

    Dropped to 1X on my DroidX but we all know Moto’s radios do that anyway, but couldn’t get MMS or mobile data for a minute, seems to be back now. Hde Park NY

  • Bmccgee

    Willow Spring, NC here. Can’t get calls to go through everytime, texts are spotty as well. -Verizon

  • EC8CH

    That was no earthquake…

    That was Prime Landing on Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      The Earthquake stopped all ATT i*hones from being able to make calls or texts, oh wait they suck at that anyways

    • Anonymous

      Definitely hope so! no problems here in the Denver metro area though

    • Anonymous

      Sorry guys didn’t mean to startle you with my yawn

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  • my 3g works perfect, its texting and calling people thats the problem…..

  • Eric

    In NJ saw the walls moving in my office thought it was just me until i checked the internet and saw news. Cell serivce here is very spotty now.

  • In Detroit, and the building shook.

  • Chefmelv20

    Yea my service was pretty spotty after the quake. 
    I’m on east coast of VA and had just woken up like 5 min before it happened. was sitting on the bed when I felt it and looked up and the blinds where swaying. I thought I was trippin since I had just woken up.

  • 05ponikar

    No cellular service in and around Richmond Va area…..

  • Ascasc

    In Baltimore and no voice communication.  Data seems to be working

  • Hdandar

    Felt it in Pittsburgh. Service is fine.

  • PyroHoltz

    No issues in Colorado, Southwest of Denver.

  • Charles Dare

    a 5.9… PSH! thats nothing, dang east coasters are wimps, 5.9 Earthquakes are fun.  People are freaking out likes its the end of the world as we know it, airports halting flights, tunnels closed, bridges closed, buildings evacuated, LOL!

    • That is simply because out here its is basically unheard of, people do not know how to react

    • I hear what your saying but it is a big deal for cities that aren’t equipped to handle it.  Just like last winter when the entire southeast shut down for serveral days over a foot of snow

      • Anonymous

        that was different (at least in texas) ya it wasn’t deep, but it was pure ice. there was no vehicle that could handle driving on a literally 1.5inch sheet of ice – you just slide everywhere

        (vehicle as in what a consumer buys at the dealership)

        • EC8CH

          WRONG! It’s called a Zamboni.

          • Your mom rides a zamBoni.

          • EC8CH

            Oh I like that…

            You punned my zinger.

          • EC8CH

            Oh I like that…

            You punned my zinger.

    • Joshplug

      Quit beinging a twat

    • Anonymous

      Also the east coast isn’t built for earthquakes like the west coast is. So when it happens, which is not offen, ppl freak out.

    • Tesseract 3

      Yeah, but imagine if the Los Angeles area got hit with a blizzard. LOL. It’s about not knowing how to deal with the particular weather. 

    • Chefmelv20

      heh idk about freaking out but the east coast usually doesnt get earthquakes in the first place so its just really unexpected compared to on the west coast.

    • Anonymous

      You should see what happens when the South gets snow…

      OMG! 1/2 an inch!!! CLOSE EVERYTHING ITS CODE RED!

    • guest

      repeating for you: when you work 4 blocks from the white house and stuff starts shaking i’m sure your first thought is ‘it’s just a 5.9 earthquake…’

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    NYC with Verizon. Still going strong! Actually posting this from my phone. Phone calls are good too. The cell towers are just getting bombarded with concerned people calling their families. But still working fine for me. Go Big Red!

  • Anonymous

    Philly here was definitely a-rockin’, that was fun…. No trouble calling people all over east coast.

  • bleedtoledo

    ..God warning obama not to come back to DC

    • EC8CH

      That’s not true…

      God’s more like your mom than you think… He loves black guys.

      • Anonymous

        CLASSIC

      • Anonymous

        epic…

    • Anonymous

      OMG LOVE IT…  +1 Sir.  I live here in DC (just moved from Columbus Oh about a month ago) and was like WTF when the quake hit.  Never seen anything like that in my life.    

  • Matt

    Well my A/C fell out of my window here in CT.  Really the only bad thing I noticed.  Comcast VOIP is down, but I only use my cell phone so its fine.  Coverage is perfectly fine.

  • Anonymous

    Felt it here in the middle of North Carolina.  Service here is spotty, I can’t get calls to connect reliably.

  • Hmm

    I’m in Baltimore and coverage with VZW (OG Droid) ATT (I*hone) and Sprint (Blackberry) was lost 5 minutes after the quake hit. Data connectivity with VZW remained as fast as ever.

  • box box

    Felt in East PA. Coverage was up but lines were overwhelmed making them unusable.

  • Anonymous

    Long Island, NY here. Everything is still working on my end. Wish people would shut up about it already though.

    • Anonymous

      Easy buddy, I just got to West coast last night after leaving my family in NC and I appreciate the heads up.

      • don’t know what part of NC but a friend of mine is in Charlotte and he didn’t feel anything at all

        • Anonymous

          Wake Forest…kids all good… Yea our house was built in 1892 and the foundation is literally just stones!

  • TRAViESO-NYC

    new service in NYC Brooklyn from verizon as of 2:30

  • Tesseract 3

    I have heard reports from people indicating that the one that hit virginia has been felt in ohio, kentucky, west virginia, parts of canada, new jersey, new york, delaware, ma, north and south carolina and pa. And it was upgraded to a 6.0 from a 5.8 I believe. So it hit pretty hard, won’t be surprised if service is spotty for people for awhile. Don’t know much about the one in Colorado though. 

  • kuboo99

    A few minutes ago I couldn’t send any texts, probably because the cell network was clogged with “OMGs”

  • S Ometz

    Virginia Beach spotty at best.  Some test.

  • Anonymous

    I’m an hour north of New York City. I personally felt nothing, but many friends and relatives felt something. Cell coverage seems fine, however.

  • Thatsjared87

    In DC. Everyone thought we were being bombed… Gov’t buildings evacuated and everything. Sister texted and called me, Verizon is good! Washington Post is not.

  • Anonymous

    service in northern nj is still sporatic.

  • I felt it in my pants.

  • Anonymous

    Felt it in Delaware. So far text messages are going through somewhat. Calls aren’t connecting.

  • Anonymous

    Felt it here in Baltimore, MD we left the building as it was shaking but cell service was just fine.

  • Bff

    nj we had crazy shakes service is fine

  • Anonymous

    Coverage is good in Boston. 

  • Sundar Ganapathy

    4g is still up in nyc

  • Stevensjr15

    In Washington DC felt it big time. Not used to that. kinda scary. that kinda thing just aint normal down here.

  • upper marlboro MD was hit and now no service fml

  • I’m in Maryland here about 17 miles South East of DC.  My coverage is a bit spotty on verizon right now.  Texts are taking 1-5 minutes each to go through.  Haven’t tried to make any calls yet though.

  • Rick

    According to USGS, it shows the CO/NM had a series earthquakes that happened yesterday: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-110.-100.php 

  • South Carolina here…. felt it in my office

  • Mike Baustian

    Colorado had a small insignificant quake yesterday…not today.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in Pittsburgh and my building shook slightly.

  • Anonymous

    I live in Colorado and haven’t heard of or felt any earthquake??  Plus my reception is great just got off the phone 2 mins ago. 

  • Anonymous

    my house was shaking here in Oakton, Virginia

  • Anonymous

    Norfolk, VA here. Towers are fine, but DAMN that was definitely a shake.

  • Christian Evans

    Felt it bigtim here in Martinsville, VA… unbelievable.

  • Anonymous

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  • Jim Dandy

    Be safe people!!

  • bobb

    Yeah it hit where I was. I hauled a** outta my house. I’m in VA

    • Anonymous

      I did the exact same thing, booked it out the front door, stood on the grass and then I realized that it wasn’t just the house, the whole freakin earth was shaking!! crazyness!  I’m in VA too, west end of richmond

    • EC8CH

      not being a douche…. but don’t you ppl work… what are you doing at home… it’s the middle of the day?!

      🙂

    • EC8CH

      not being a douche…. but don’t you ppl work… what are you doing at home… it’s the middle of the day?!

      🙂

      • Anonymous

        Haha yeah, I actually work out of my boss’s house, we have an office set up in here, small company, but he’s out of town so I’m just here by myself, sh*t was nuts!

        • EC8CH

          That’s cool.

          I’ve never felt an earthquake myself… benefit of growing up in Minnesota I guess.

          • bleedtoledo

            Yeah. And guess who wasn’t working…yep, the “black” guy.

          • EC8CH

            He’s too busy pounding yo momma’s pooch.

          • Anonymous

            Why aren’t you at work…unless you’re a little annoying 12 year old troll, then I guess you’re are still on vacation.

          • EC8CH

            You sir are taking the internet too seriously.

          • Anonymous

            Why aren’t you at work…unless you’re a little annoying 12 year old troll, then I guess you’re are still on vacation.

          • Adam Elghor

            yayyyy minnesota buddies!!!!!!!!!!!!111 where do you live now

        • Anonymous

          is it the Michael Scott Paper Company

      • John

        lol. i was wondering the same thing

      • angel hernandez

        even by saying not being a douche you’re still are one. Not everyone has a daytime job, people are doctors nurses EMTs, police officers, etc.

        • EC8CH

          Yes I understand that (both my parents did shift work when I grew up) I just thought it was funny how most of the first posts were about people running out of their “houses” instead of being at work in the middle of the day.

          I don’t think noticing something that seems out of the ordinary makes me a douche, but you’re entitled to your opinion.

          • Mike

            Maybe because most of the people who were running out of their work weren’t farting around talking about it on a blog.

          • EC8CH

            Possibly… but I doubt it.

      • Anonymous

        Some people get these things they call “days off”   . . . many of mine fall on weekdays. I get one weekend off every month.. 

  • Verizon 4g is working great in Baltimore. Texts are failing to send though.

    • Anonymous

      HEY IM IN BALTIMORE TOO!!!!!