Not having access anymore to the all-powerful and all-knowing Google Search engine in 2022, even for a few minutes, is surely frightening and apocalyptic. Believe it or not, that’s what tens of thousands of people had to go through on Monday night, along with a lack of access to other Google services as well.
A local report reveals that a mysterious electrical explosion from one of Google’s data centers in Council Bluffs (Iowa, USA) left three people injured. If we take Google’s word for granted, the outage occurring after the explosion is nothing but a coincidence.
A software update was to blame
Google invokes a software update as a cause for its outage, which means that the company is telling us that there’s no link between the explosion and the halt of its services.
A Google spokesperson explained as The Guardian quotes:
We’re aware of a software update issue that occurred late this afternoon Pacific Time and briefly affected availability of Google search and Maps,
We apologise for the inconvenience. We worked to quickly address the issue and our services are now back online.
It’s amusing that for some people, dealing with an outage of the Google Search engine was something they’ve never encountered before. As a result, they were forced to rely on other search engines for the first time, such as Bing or Yahoo.
The outage occurred around 9:39 p.m Eastern and lasted for about 10 minutes. But that’s all many people needed in order to start freaking out.
Every second across the globe, users perform over 70,000 Google searches. That translates to almost 227 million searches each hour. In other words, it’s hard to imagine our lives without Google Search, regardless of whether we like to admit it or not!
What do you think? Would you be able to survive without Google’s search engine and the rest of its services?