Google Search and Maps are temporarily offline
I remember it like it was yesterday but it wasn’t. It was actually the day before yesterday and I was sitting on the couch doing a little research for my latest passion project, SmokeInsider. While looking for the best way to cook hard boiled eggs on a pellet smoker, my search was abruptly interrupted by an error similar to the one you see below.
Assuming the internet just wanted me to do something else, I moved on to other tasks and didn’t think twice. Then Michael dropped a message in the company’s discord asking if anyone was having trouble with Google Search. Apparently we weren’t alone. Around 9:00 p.m. EST, more than 40,000 users took to downdetector.com to report similar issues that not only affected Google Search, but also Google Maps. In a bizarre but seemingly unrelated incident, reports began circulating that an explosion damaged a Google data center in Council Bluffs, injuring three people at the facility.
We are aware of an electrical incident that occurred today at Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, injuring three people on site who are currently being treated. The health and safety of all workers is our top priority, and we are working closely with our partners and local authorities to fully investigate the situation and provide assistance if needed.
In an email response to Gizmodo, Google acknowledged the incident to Council Bluffs but denied any connection to the search outage. Google’s official stance contributes to the breakdown of an issue with a software update and goes on to say that services are now fully restored.
We are aware of a software update issue that occurred late afternoon Pacific time that briefly affected the availability of Google Search and Maps,” Google said in a statement. communicated. “We apologize for the inconvenience. We have worked to quickly resolve the issue and our services are now back online.
Google through Gizmodo
In related news, some website owners have reported indexing issues with recently published pages. Google search guru John Mueller responded on Twitter that while he was unaware of any specific issues, the plausible impact on site indexing should subside shortly. If you own a website, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on Search Console for any anomalies or unindexed pages.