When PolygonScan Stopped Working, Unfounded Fears of a Blockchain Failure Were Raised

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Last Updated on February 23, 2023 by Bitfinsider

Unfounded rumors that the Polygon blockchain was momentarily offline were spread due to a failure at network explorer Polygonscan.

A block hadn’t been handled by the blockchain for more than an hour and a half, according to data from PolygonScan, which sparked rumors that layer-2 scaling solution Polygon may have been experiencing an outage.

Since then, the Polygon team has explained that blockchain production has not ceased and that the problem was caused by “a few nodes” going out of sync.

“About 8:26 UTC , a few nodes went out of sync. This caused a reaction where some nodes could not validate blocks for a very brief period of time,” a representative for Polygon said. He continued: “Block production never stopped – However, there could have been a degradation in network performance temporarily. These nodes have resynced and systems are back to normal.”

The team is conscious that Polygonscan is unavailable, but alternative explorers can be used, the spokesperson said. The spokesperson added: “We are working with Polygonscan to bring them back up.”

According to data from Polyscan, which revealed the blockchain’s last block and transaction were processed at around 8:35 pm UTC on February 22, there was initial speculation of a possible outage on that day.

The last network outage, which was caused by the need for repair on one of the network’s three layers, happened on March 11, 2022.

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