Google outage reported by thousands of users worldwide, what exactly happened?

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Thousands of users worldwide reported that multiple Google services were down for them on Monday. According to the outage tracking website Downdetector.com, thousands of users flocked to the platform to report what appeared to be a Google outage of some sort. 

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Google outage impacts multiple Google services

The outage was not restricted to Google search only. It impacted other services including Google Duo, Google Drive, Google Photos, YouTube, Google Maps, and more. At the moment, all services are back up and running. 

Google’s native status dashboard does not highlight or show that there was an outage. The tech giant has not come out to clear the air yet. Just over 40,000 people reported issues with Google’s services as per the data given by Downdetector. Downdetector collates status reports from multiple sources such as user-submitted reports to track outages. 

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While Google services were affected, users flocked over to Twitter to have fun at Google’s expense. Besides, #googledown was trending on Twitter across different parts of the world. While many used memes to take a dig at Google, some made comparisons to an apocalypse. 

Look at some tweets related to Google’s uncharacteristic outage. 

A majority of the users were greeted with a 500 error, showing that a server problem could be the root cause of the outage. However, as things stand, Google has not issued a statement yet. 

Was Google down because of a data center mishap?

There were multiple reports stating that there was a huge explosion at Google’s data center in Iowa. The electrical explosion left several injured and induced heavy burns to three employees. In addition, although there is no concrete evidence, reports suggest the explosion was the real reason why Google services were down. 

As mentioned above, multiple Google services were affected around the world on Monday night (Tuesday morning in Asia). Google services were affected shortly after the explosion at Google’s large facility in Iowa, leaving room for speculation. Please note that these reports are still unconfirmed. 

A Google spokesperson said that everyone at Google is aware of the explosion at Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The spokesperson said that all three employees are being treated. He further added that the physical and mental well-being of all employees is a top priority for Google. Following the mishap, Google is closely working with local authorities and partners to understand the issue.

What are your thoughts on this incident? Was Google down for you as well? Leave your comments below to let us know what you think. 

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Karandeep is a technical content writer based out of Pune, a city in India that is also known as the Oxford of the East. His journey with writing started in 2014 when he decided to try his luck in a gaming startup as a Content Developer. Since then, he has written on a wide range of topics within the gaming and the tech space. Apart from his love for gaming, Karandeep is keeping tabs on the hottest trends in the tech industry. After completing his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Symbiosis International University, Pune, he worked as an intern in an NGO that focused on urban development.
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