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Paul Lilly

Southern states briefly affected by Google outage

Have you ever wondered what would happen to the Internet if Google suddenly decided to shut down its operations? It wouldn't quite be on the scale of what some people feared prior to Y2K (planes wouldn't drop from the sky, for example), but it sure would lead to online chaos, given our dependency on Google's varied services, Users in several southern states and parts of the midwest got a taste what a Google-less life would be like yesterday during a temporary outage.

Google search and other services were down for more than an hour yesterday morning, from around 9:20 AM ET to 10:40 AM ET. According to CNN , Google received reports of problems of its service being offline from users in West Virginia, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Georgia. Maximum PC can also confirm that the outage affected parts of South Carolina as well.

"The issue was quickly resolved and is now over. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our users there," Google said in a statement.

According to updates posted in Google' App State Dashboard , the outage was ultimately caused by a failure of a Google networking component in the Atlanta region. Google says the outage affected less than 0.5 percent of its traffic.

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