Microsoft Teams started going down around the world on Tuesday morning.
According to website Down Detector, users started reporting problems around 6 a.m. Eastern Time.
“We’ve confirmed that this issue affects users globally. We’re reviewing monitoring telemetry and recent changes to isolate the source of the issue,” Microsoft said in a statement, after initially saying the problem affected Europe and Asia.
A small Canadian town lost internet for 36 hours over the weekend after local beavers gnawed through fiber cables while hunting for materials to build their dam, the CBC reported.
The beavers had to chew through a 4.5-inch protective layer to reach the cables, local internet provider Telus told CBC.
Beavers in Tumbler Ridge, a town in northeastern British Columbia with a population of almost 2,000, chewed through the underground cables at multiple points, cutting internet service for 900 people and cable TV for 60 people, CBC reported. The outage started at 4.a.m on Saturday. Local cell phone service was also disrupted.
Local internet provider Telus sent crews to restore service and had reconnected residents by 3:30pm on Sunday.
“Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5-inch thick conduit,” Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé said in a statement shared with CBC.
“The beavers first chewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations,” she said.
Crews brought in specialist equipment to help dig through partially frozen ground to expose the cables.
Images taken by Telus show that the beavers used cable marking tape to build their dam.
Sauvé said the outage was a “very bizarre and uniquely Canadian turn of events.”
Google said on Monday morning the company was experiencing some issues with Google Drive and Google Docs.
Problems started around 9:36 a.m. ET and have affected users in the US, UK, and China, as well as several other countries.
While it is unknown how many users have been impacted, over 5,000 Google users reported issues with Google Drive on Monday morning, according to DownDetector. The company said it is in the process of investigating issues with the products.
“Hi there. We are aware of a service disruption and are working right now to resolve it,” @googledrive tweeted. “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Stay updated by following the Apps Status Dashboard: http://goo.gl/NOZTZ. Thanks!”
An official status page for Microsoft Office 365, the company’s email suite, showed that the service was down and the status for Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service, was described as an “emerging issue,” which is being investigated.
Microsoft Azure’s official Twitter account tweeted, “We are aware of an issue affecting the Azure Portal and Azure services.”
A Twitter account monitoring Microsoft Office 365’s status tweeted, “We’re investigating an issue in which users may be unable to access Microsoft 365 services and features,” adding a few minutes later that, “We’re investigating a potential DNS issue and are evaluating our mitigation options.”
Early Christmas morning, a large explosion in Nashville’s downtown sent at last three people to the hospital and damaged nearby buildings. Authorities believe that the explosion was “an intentional act,” according to CNN.
Don Aaron, a spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department, also told CNN that there was a “significant damage” to infrastructure in the area.
“Service for some customers in Nashville and the surrounding areas may be affected by damage to our facilities from the explosion this morning. We are in contact with law enforcement and working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service,” Jim Greer, AVP for AT&T corporate communications, wrote in a statement to Insider.
Those outages are hitting some 911 emergency lines. In Tennessee, the Murfreesboro police department tweeted that “Murfreesboro’s 911 lines, and non-emergency lines, are currently down.”
Police in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, also tweeted out that their “911 and Non-Emergency Lines are down, which is likely related to a widespread outage on 12/25/2020 caused by the Downtown Nashville explosion.”
The Tennessean has been keeping a list of impacted areas and alternate numbers.
It’s still unclear if anyone was inside the car at the time of the explosion. The Tennessean reported that the blast could be heard miles away. The FBI and local authorities have said that they are investigating the incident and had restricted vehicle and pedestrian travel in the area.
Google said on Tuesday that it plans to have Gmail running normally again by 4:00 p.m. PT after a large number of users experienced issues.
“We expect to resolve the problem affecting a significant subset of users of Gmail at 12/15/20, 4:00 PM. Please note that this time frame is an estimate and may change,” Google said on its website.
Gmail users experienced lags, error messages, and ‘unexpected behavior’ on the popular email service on Tuesday, according to Google. The platform didn’t specify how many users have been affected, but service monitoring website DownDetector received over 16,000 reports of issues with Gmail Tuesday evening.
“We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior,” read an alert on Google’s service dashboard earlier on Tuesday.
The service issues come just a day after Google experienced a large outage that took out Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail. Monday’s service issues began at about 6:30 a.m. ET and were resolved around 8 a.m. ET, Business Insider previously reported.
On Tuesday, Google first reported that Gmail was having issues at 4:29 p.m. At 5:18 p.m. Google wrote, “Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 12/15/20, 6:00 PM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.”