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Google Outage Caused By A Fire The Search Engine Went Down For 30 Minutes

author image Written by: Rabije Gashi Corluka           Categories - In The News

How do you google what’s going on if Google is down? That’s exactly what happened last night.

Google Search had a global outage that lasted for about half an hour and today, we’re seeing the consequences. Google apologized for the inconvenience and a spokesperson said they have been working quickly to return things back to normal as soon as possible, the Guardian reports.

Of course, Gmail, Google maps and Google images were also affected.

So what happened?

A fire happened, according to Search Engine Land. Apparently, there was a fire at a Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, resulting in injuries to some workers and Google Search issues. Google is aware of what happened and John Mueller even tweeted how things should go back to normal after restoration.

So what does that mean?

It means that – if you notice any ranking changes or anything out of the ordinary this could be the reason behind it. The biggest things will go back to their previous state, but it’s hard to predict how long it will take for everything to go back to what it was before the fire.

The issues

Barry Schwartz shared some screenshots on the Search Engine Roundtable. He reports seeing more issues regarding search quality, including:

  • Outages and inaccessibility of Google Search
  • Old pages dropping out of Google Search
  • New pages not being indexed by Google Search
  • Google Search results look stale and outdated
  • Huge ranking fluctuations

Google is back up now, according to Downdetector.com. At the peak of the outage, over 30,000 US users reported issues with Google. Now, there are about 500 incidents reported.

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Rabije Gashi Corluka

Rabije always enjoyed finding different angles to a story, so it’s not surprising her curiosity influenced a move to a new continent, widening her perspective. She enjoys hearing people's stories and learning about different cultures and places - but most of all, she loves putting her thoughts on a piece of paper. Her love for writing led to her studying Journalism and PR, but she actually became a storyteller during her radio-hosting era. Now, she uses her skills, experience, and love for writing to help your brand stand out.