Google apologises for global outage

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Google apologises for global outage

A software update issue that caused a major international outage on Tuesday has been apologised for by Google.

A company spokesman said the team had worked quickly to address the problem and services were back as normal.

A software update issue that occurred late this afternoon at Pacific Time has temporarily affected availability of Google search and Maps, they said.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Our services are back online and we worked quickly to address the issue. Technology platforms reported the outage.

There were 4,113 confirmed reports of Google outages as of 11.38 AM.

Users said that sister platforms Gmail, Google maps and Google images were having problems with their problems. Both rely on Google's search engine to operate.

According to ThousandEyes Inc, at least 1,338 servers were affected across more than 40 countries, including the United States, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Israel, parts of South America, Europe and Asia, including China and Japan.

The first outage reported on ThousandEyes lasted approximately 34 minutes before a second blip hit at around 12 pm. It took around seven minutes to resolve and affected a smaller amount of servers.

Users attempting to use the search engine were met with a 502 or 500 error.

The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request, one error page read.

Users took to Twitter to express their confusion and switched to alternative search engines like DuckDuckGo and Bing to surf the web.

Google doesn't release exact traffic numbers, but it is the most visited website on the net, receiving more than 80 billion visits per month.