Virginia 5.9 earthquake causes some cell phone issues

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered in the small town of Mineral, Virginia earlier today has caused at least some disruptions in cell phone service. Verizon Wireless' Twitter page said, "There was some network congestion in the East after tremors." However it added that there didn't seem to be any actual damage to the network itself. Sprint's Twitter page has also posted word that customers, " ... may experience intermittent delay making/receiving calls after recent earthquake. This is a temporary mass calling event." It added in a later tweet that, "To contact loved ones following earthquake, please use text msgs rather than call."

T-Mobile's Twitter page also stated that its wireless network, " ... is experiencing higher call volumes in all areas affected by the earthquake. We advise customers to use SMS or E-Mail." AT&T's Twitter page has so far been silent about the status of its wireless network on the east coast following the earthquake. However Engadget reported that some AT&T customers in New York City had issues calling with both cell phones and with landlines just after the quake. Service does seem to have been restored, however.

The Washington Post reports that the earthquake was 87 miles southwest of Washington DC. Federal buildings in the city were evacuated and there are reports of damage to at least one building in the city itself. The quake was felt all along the east coast, from Georgia to Massachusetts. Geologists said that the area can expect some smaller aftershocks to be felt in the days following the main earthquake.

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Christchurch New Zealand got a 6.3 that interrupted most cellphone communication for days, most of the central south island was affected and is still affected by aftershocks and small quakes up to 4 and 5.

200+ people dead, half the city razed

Mineral, Virginia your "disruptions" need a cup of concrete to harden up

Auzeras said,
Christchurch New Zealand got a 6.3 that interrupted most cellphone communication for days, most of the central south island was affected and is still affected by aftershocks and small quakes up to 4 and 5.

200+ people dead, half the city razed

Mineral, Virginia your "disruptions" need a cup of concrete to harden up

Lighten up, Francis.

tsupersonic said,
Felt the quake up here in upstate NY. Crazy

what you felt was hardly the earthquake in virginia. it should be at least 8,7 magnitude to make you feeling something 400 km away.
as you can see radius of strong intensity was just around 25km. with 3-4 intensity (little bit noticeable) up to 50-80km and down to 2 intensity for 100+km. 2 intensity is like shallow metro train passing under you.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear...kemap/global/shake/082311a/

coth said,

what you felt was hardly the earthquake in virginia. it should be at least 8,7 magnitude to make you feeling something 400 km away.
as you can see radius of strong intensity was just around 25km. with 3-4 intensity (little bit noticeable) up to 50-80km and down to 2 intensity for 100+km. 2 intensity is like shallow metro train passing under you.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear...kemap/global/shake/082311a/
So you're doubting that I felt the quake or that I felt the same magnitude? Well no **** it's not the same magnitude, I'm ****ing 400 miles away. You can read many stories online that upstate NY felt this.

I'm 70miles from the epicenter and cell phone calling and texting for the hour afterward was almost impossible...also on Verizon. email and internet moving fine. Still feeling like I'm shaking as it was a huge rolling event.

Didn't feel it here in cleveland ohio area but my mom texted me asking if I did. I don't think she felt it either.

Hope that everyone in virginia and surrounding areas are okay though!

RedFlow said,
Didn't feel it here in cleveland ohio area but my mom texted me asking if I did. I don't think she felt it either.

Hope that everyone in virginia and surrounding areas are okay though!

I could barely feel it here but I knew something strange was happening. I was sitting down watching TV and at first I thought a muscle in my back was twitching or something, then thought maybe the washing machine was out of balance but I could hear it wasn't running. Finally saw the window blind cords swinging back and forth and knew I wasn't imagining that the house was shaking.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia and rolled through much of the East Coast Tuesday caused more inconvenience than damage. Case in point: Although no cellphone towers were knocked out, high call volume meant massive service interruptions for users of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

But one cellphone-based service managed to work as normal, according to Bloomberg: RIM's BlackBerry Messenger.

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