As you've probably learned from numerous news outlets
, several explosions occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon resulting in at least two dead, and at least 49 injured. Those tallies are quickly climbing, the Boston Globe
claiming at least 100 are being treated at local hospitals.
A report by the Associated Press initially claimed that cell service had been shut down "to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives." They pulled that story then issued another
stating cell service was simply buckling under the communications strain, which will of course create a renewed call for functional emergency voice and broadband communications networks.
Carriers like are issuing statements
that they're working quickly to bolster cell capacity in the city:
"Verizon Wireless has been enhancing network voice capacity to enable additional calling in the Copley Square area of Boston. Customers are advised to use text or email to free up voice capacity for public safety officials at the scene. There was no damage to the Verizon Wireless network, which is seeing elevated calling and data usage throughout the region since the explosions occurred."
As is usually the case, open Wi-Fi hotspots and ham radio operators often prove invaluable in helping first responders and locals communicate as the cell networks struggle. Our thoughts are of course with everyone in Boston.
•Google has created a people finder
for locals looking for friends and family.
•If you're looking for someone call (617) 635 4500. If you saw something 1-800-494 TIPS.
•The Boston Marathon also has a tool for finding runners