Several US government websites and Twitter feeds, including NASA and the Department of Homeland Security, have been suspended following a partial US government shutdown.
The first partial shut down in 17 years began on Monday was sparked by a legislative deadlock.
Ongoing Republican opposition to President Obama’s healthcare reform law, the Affordable Care Act Congress meant that government funding has not been approved.
Nasa’s website was unavailable as non-essential services were closed, and the White House web page was not being updated, after a lapse in federal funding.
The US Department of Homeland Security was not responding to public emails submitted via its website.
US government employees affected by the shutdown were not able to access email.
Meanwhile, Google celebrated Yosemite National Park’s 123rd birthday with its creative doodle, although the zoo is closed due to the federal government shutdown.
The search giant, in honour of the park that spans three California counties, placed a doodle on its home page with a few Yosemite National Park patches scattered in place of the usual Google logo.
According to ABC News, when clicked on the doodle, the user is directed to the park’s official website which states, ‘because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating’, before redirecting users to the www.doi.gov site.
Users can alternately visit the 747,956 acres of national park through Google Maps’ virtual tour.
According to the White House, a shutdown lasting one week would cost the US economy something in the region of $10bn.