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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.


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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.

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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.