Troubleshooting Terminating (Shutting Down) Your Instance
You are not billed for any instance hours while an instance is not in the
running state. In other words, when you terminate an instance, you stop incurring
charges for that instance as soon as its state changes to
Delayed Instance Termination
If your instance remains in the
shutting-down state longer than a few minutes,
it might be delayed due to shutdown scripts being run by the instance.
Another possible cause is a problem with the underlying host computer. If your instance
remains in the
shutting-down state for several hours, Amazon EC2 treats it as a stuck
instance and forcibly terminates it.
If it appears that your instance is stuck terminating and it has been longer than several hours, post a request for help to the Amazon EC2 forum. To help expedite a resolution, include the instance ID and describe the steps that you've already taken.
Terminated Instance Still Displayed
After you terminate an instance, it remains visible for a short while before being deleted.
The status shows as
terminated. If the entry is not deleted after several hours,
Automatically Launch or Terminate Instances
If you terminate all your instances, you may see that we launch a new instance for you. If you launch an instance, you may see that we terminate one of your instances. If you stop an instance, you may see that we terminate the instance and launch a new instance. Generally, these behaviors mean that you've used Auto Scaling or Elastic Beanstalk to scale your computing resources automatically based on criteria that you've defined.