Google data center explosion injures workers just before Google outage

The recent Google search engine outage came only hours after an electrical incident at a data center in Iowa injured workers.

Published Aug 11, 2022 5:34 AM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Sep 2 2022 5:03 AM CDT
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Google went down earlier this week for a brief period, with Google claiming it was due to a software update.

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Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Images were all affected when Google's search engine went down, with thousands of people across over 40 countries reporting outages. According to a Google spokesperson, "a software update issue" led to the "briefly affected availability of Google search and Maps," but they "worked to quickly address the issue and our services are now back online."

Notably, an accident had occurred only hours prior at a Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in which an "electrical incident" seriously injured three electricians working onsite. They were all transported to a local hospital with burns but are now in stable condition. According to Google, the incident is unrelated to its outage later that day and into the next.

"We are aware of an electrical incident that took place today at Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, injuring three people onsite who are now being treated. The health and safety of all workers is our absolute top priority, and we are working closely with partners and local authorities to thoroughly investigate the situation and provide assistance as needed," wrote Google spokesperson Devon Smiley to SFGATE.

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