Base suffers first major outage since launch

Base suffers first major outage since launch

Coinbase's Ethereum layer-2 network Base has suffer its first major outage since its public launch on Aug. 9.

For approximately 45 minutes on Sept. 5, no new blocks were produced on the Base chain. Its developers first identified the "stalled" block production at 9:36 pm UTC, according to the Base status site.

ea79785a-bea3-4023-a27a-cfdbd0bb9748.pngBlock production on the Base network stalled at 9:36pm Sept. 5. Source: BaseScan

“We identified a delay in block production due to part of our internal infrastructure requiring a refresh. We’ve implemented a fix and are seeing widespread recovery,” Coinbase told Cointelegraph in response to a query on the outage. 

Base claims the issue has since been identified with the team now deployed a fix which has seen a "widespread recovery" of block production. It's continuing to monitor the chain for further issues. 

d3a58d39-f921-405b-9ca5-f83cc5f08112.pngBase developers said the cause of the outage has been identified and fixed. Source: Base

Matt Willemsen, head of research at crypto education platform Collective Shift, highlighted the differences in using Ethereum's Layer 2 networks and claimed they aren't as "battle tested" as Ethereum's mainnet.

Coinbase's Base chain just had its first major outage, lasting for 43 minutes. Blocks have just started to be produced again.

Another reminder that using Ethereum L2s (e.g. Arbitrum One, OP Mainnet, zkSync Era, Base) is NOT the same as using Ethereum mainnet, which is more…

— Matt Willemsen (@matt_willemsen) September 5, 2023

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