Amazon suffered a power outage on Tuesday that disrupted web services for many U.S. companies for hours and caused delays in the company's delivery services.
The power outage was not yet fully detailed by Amazon, but the company is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, according to Richard Rosa, the company's spokesperson. The incident affected airline reservations, car dealerships, payment apps, streaming services, and criptocurrency exchanges, and Coinbase, mostly in the eastern half of the U.S. Amazon was unable to scan packages or access delivery hours because of the difficulty of using the Flex App or AutoZ app. Amazon warehouse and delivery workers were forced to wait in the breakroom until the issue was resolved.
This is the first Amazon Web Services power outage since November 2020. Some cyber security experts argue that the Amazon power outage is the reason why a handful of tech companies should not be allowed to dominate much of the internet. The power outage put into perspective how badly some people take the internet and modern technology for granted as they struggled to upload homework assignments.
Amazon said on Tuesday that many of the problems causing the outage had been mitigated and all issues affecting cloud computing services were resolved. The notice stated that there was improvement in availability across most AWS services. We continue to work toward full recovery for all impacted AWS Services and API operations. The holiday shoppers are constantly placing orders to arrive at their destinations in time, which is the cause of the troubling outage.