Just before 9pm a massive Verizon Wireless outage was reported for most of the east coast. Shown above are the areas reported by Verizon cellular users.
Local 911 centers have called fire departments to man their stations in case a response is needed during the outage.
Due to a majority of cell phones being down, 911 will not be reached by Verizon users in case of an emergency, causing a delay in the dispatching of emergency personell. In addition, many first responders now rely on cellular notifications for required responses.
There is no estimation available of when the service will be restored at this time.