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News4Jax photos not appearing, dozens of web sites down due to cloud outage

Amazon Web Services has had a major failure at its cloud storage facility in Virginia. News4Jax.com and other sites began to show the impact of the loss about noon.

Amazon, which is the nation's largest cloud hosting service, has not said how long the outage may last or how many customers are involved.

“We are investigating increased error rates for Amazon S3 requests in the US-EAST-1 Region,” AWS posted on its status page.

In addition to News4Jax losing some of its images, the outage also affected major websites like CNN and Washington Post. Internet professionals said the problem could back up many other sites, including Twitter.