Thunder Storm Temporarily Takes Down Amazon EC2, Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest

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Last night at 11:21PM EST, Amazon’s EC2 in North Virginia went down because of a thunder storm in the area.  The thunder storm caused massive power outages in the D.C. area.  Many popular websites run on Amazon EC2 including Netflix, Instagram, Heroku, and Pinterest.  Amazon was unable to fully restore EC2 in the area until at least 1:15AM.  Netflix was restored at 1:15AM and Pinterest was back up at 1:50AM.  Instagram is still having issues as of right now.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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