The Sun, Fireball, and Phone Service Outage

@akalinus (40403)
United States
February 22, 2024 2:30pm CST
Last night into early morning, thousands of smartphone customers lost services. Most media sources say that it was caused by a solar flare. At the same time, a huge fireball flew over several states. Someone in Pennsylvania captured a video of it. Some even suggested that it was a Russian nuclear test. Is it possible that the fireball knocked out phone services? What do you think happened to the phone services?
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/t-verizon-t-mobile-customers-hit-widespread-cellular-outages-us-rcna139938
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@JudyEv (325206)
• Rockingham, Australia
23 Feb
I guess a fireball could knock out services but I wouldn't really have any idea.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
25 Feb
@JudyEv I hope whatever glitch that is that they have it fixed by now. People need their medications.
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@JudyEv (325206)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Feb
@akalinus That doesn't sound good at all.
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@apsmine9 (308)
9 Mar
Yes, it's all in the plan.
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@RebeccasFarm (86411)
• United States
23 Feb
I have my theories about this..but you know it's only theories...
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• United States
23 Feb
@akalinus Yes Jo Ann we sure could.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
@RebeccasFarm I am trying to be more careful about what I say online. It does not always work.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
I have theories too. It is not wise to tell what they are. We could have an interesting conversation though.
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@just4him (305317)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Feb
I saw something about the solar flares this morning that caused the outages.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
It is amazing that the sun can do that to our technology. I hope this does not continue.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
@just4him We need our stuff to work. We would have a hard time going back to before the internet.
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@just4him (305317)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Feb
@akalinus They don't happen too often. When it does, it messes everything up big time.
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@LindaOHio (155401)
• United States
23 Feb
Solar flares do cause interruptions of service. I hadn't heard about the fireball. Could it have been the space junk that entered our atmosphere? Have a good weekend.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
I don't know anything about the fireball. I saw a video of it and it was huge. It disappeared behind trees in a few seconds.
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@LindaOHio (155401)
• United States
24 Feb
@akalinus There was a satellite that crashed to Earth; but I don't remember where it was.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
25 Feb
@LindaOHio That's interesting. I think I heard something about it but not many details. Could that be what the fireball was?
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@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
22 Feb
Wow that is something . I am sure it coykd knock out phine services
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
It seems like weird things are happening more often all the time. I never know what to expect anymore.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
25 Feb
@Happy2BeMe It is scary but sometimes it is exciting. This is a great time to be alive because we see so much history being made and never know what is next.
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@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
24 Feb
@akalinus you are so right. We just never know day to day what is going to happen next.
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@apsmine9 (308)
29 Feb
They are working on it. Oh God!! It's already started. So depressing!
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@LadyDuck (457280)
• Switzerland
2 Mar
@akalinus Do not get stressed about the disrupted services of phone and internet, those are caused by the solar superstorm was the cause.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
4 Mar
@LadyDuck I know you are right but have had heard all kinds of conspiracy theories.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
2 Mar
I Ike @LadyDUck said, don't be distressed about it. Enjoy your life, we have no control over what happens.
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@AmbiePam (85213)
• United States
22 Feb
The news this morning said it was mostly the newer models, and I guess my model wasn’t new enough to be affected. That would have been an unfortunate surprise.
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@snowy22315 (169516)
• United States
22 Feb
It's hard to say. I had my phone off last night so I didn't notice anything.
@kaylachan (57273)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Feb
Short of my internet going down the night before last, I haven't had a problem with my phone. I still have bars. Must've resolved itself while I was sleeping.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
22 Feb
Please forgive me for using your comment to add another link. MyLot will not let me post two at the same time.
The American Meteor Society received hundreds of reports across the Great Lakes, Northeast and mid-Atlantic on Wednesday evening of a fireball in the sky. When meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere, they are called meteors. Bright events are called fireball
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
22 Feb
Some of the outages were resolved quickly while others took longer.
@LeaPea2417 (36378)
• Toccoa, Georgia
23 Feb
I'm not sure. I'm just glad my phone started working again after around 8 hours not working yesterday.
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@LeaPea2417 (36378)
• Toccoa, Georgia
25 Feb
@akalinus yes, a possible cyber attack.
@akalinus (40403)
• United States
25 Feb
They must be working on fixing it for everyone's phones. I heard that it was a cyber attack. That is always possible.
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@LadyDuck (457280)
• Switzerland
29 Feb
NO, those are NOT Russian nuclear tests, do not worry. Yes, it is possible that an over activity of the sun disrupted phone and Internet services, VERY possible. Do not get stressed, this is a natural phenomenon.
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@LadyDuck (457280)
• Switzerland
2 Mar
@akalinus We must be vigilant of course because there is the risk, but it is now that when the sun activity is intense the communication can be disrupted.
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
2 Mar
With several countries threatening to nuke each other or the US, I think there are serious possibilities of things going wrong.
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@RasmaSandra (73137)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Feb
I would not be surprised by anything at all these days. Maybe ET was heading home and took a wrong turn
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@akalinus (40403)
• United States
23 Feb
Hope he comes back. He is a cute little thing and he heals plants. He can spend a few days here.
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@JESSY3236 (18887)
• United States
5 Mar
Mine wasn't affected.
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