Coinbase’s Base network just suffered a massive outage

Coinbase's Base network just suffered a massive outage

It was the first outage since the platform went live

Coinbase’s Base Network has experienced its first major outage since its public release on August 9. No new blocks were created on the Base layer-2 network chain for approximately 45 minutes on September 5. The “stalled” block production was first identified by developers at 9:36 PM UTC, according to Base’s status site.

However, block production has once again resumed. Developers identified the problem within about 20 minutes and started to execute a repair. At 10:09 PM UTC, the team reported that they had fixed the situation.

“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 said in response to CoinTelegraph’s questions about the outage. Base says it continues to monitor the chain for any additional issues.

Crypto education platform Collective Shift’s head of research, Matt Willemsen, underscored the potential problems of using Ethereum layer 2 and cautioned that the networks aren’t as “battle tested” as the Ethereum 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 battle-tested and involves fewer trust assumptions. I’m not saying don’t use L2s, of course! But just know what you’re dealing with,” said Willemsen in an X post.

It’s the first significant outage since the Base Mainnet launched in July. Despite the lapse, Base has had phenomenal expansion since it was introduced.

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