Superstorm Sandy Shuts Out Popular Websites

If you are wondering why The Huffington Post, Gawker, Buzzfeed, and other popular media websites have been down the last few hours, blame it on the storm.

Superstorm Sandy has flooded servers of New York-based Datagram Inc, shutting down several media websites it hosts.

A notice on Datagram’s website reads: “We are continuing to battle flooding and fiber outages in downtown New York and Connecticut.” Datagram also explains that “Verizon and other carriers in the area are down as well” and that its generators fail to pump fuel because its basement is flooded.

The 1000-mile-long storm, which is actually remnants of a hurricane wrapped in a snowstorm, brought record flooding in northeastern United States including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. It also brought record-high snowfall over West Virginia and several inland states. The storm’s effect is expected to be felt further westward over the Great Lakes as well as on eastern Canada where Sandy is expected to travel.

“Due to power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, our own website is experiencing technical difficulties,” said Huffington Post. Meanwhile, all Gawker Media websites, including Gizmodo and Lifehacker, were down.

Buzzfeed, a website that publishes quirky viral content, was down earlier but was brought back although with limited functionality.

“Elements of BuzzFeed’s site and many story pages are back online, thanks to a Content Delivery Network, Akamai, which hosts the content at servers distributed around the world,” Buzzfeed said in a post.

Source: NDTV

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