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Amazon EC2 goes down – takes Reddit, Flipboard, Github, and others down with it

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Reddit is down notificationAmazon is reporting an outage in its Service Health dashboard which is affecting several big-name sites including Reddit, Coursera, Netflix, Imgur, Heroku, Turntable, Foursquare, MongoLab, Flipboard, FastCompany, Github, VYou and many more.  Minecraft is down too and suicide hotlines have been put on alert.

The outage was first acknowledged at 11:21 EST but by Reports from Amazon services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Relational Database Service, Amazon ElastiCache, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk, have issued alerts.  All alerts are coming from the North Virginia data center.  This happened before in July when an electrical storm took out a backup generator at the same location.  In that outage, sites such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Netflix all went offline for a weekend.

11:03 AM PDT We are currently experiencing connectivity issues and degraded performance for a small number of RDS DB Instances in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region.

11:06 AM PDT We are currently experiencing elevated API failures and delays launching, updating and deleting Elastic Beanstalk environments in the US-East-1 Region.

11:11 AM PDT We can confirm degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region. Instances using affected EBS volumes will also experience degraded performance.

11:26 AM PDT We are currently experiencing degraded performance for EBS volumes in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 Region. New launches for EBS backed instances are failing and instances using affected EBS volumes will experience degraded performance.