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Electric explosion at Google data center injures

An electrical explosion occurred in a section of a Google data center late Monday night, killing workers in a small town outside Omaha. was injured. Nebraska. 

Three employees were injured in an explosion at a data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, local officials said.

"Three workers were accessing an electrical cabinet when the ark flashed and all three were on fire," said Council at his Bluffs fire chief. One Justin James told his CBS Moneywatch. "Everyone was taken to a trauma center for treatment." said it experienced an outage in , which it attributed to an "internal error" unrelated to Google. Incident in Iowa.

"We are aware that there was an issue with his software update late afternoon Pacific Time that temporarily impacted the availability of Google Search and Maps, and we apologize for the inconvenience. '' he said, according to a Google spokesperson. 

A data center is a large building housing many supercomputers and servers, typically used to store and process the information people generate while working on their personal computers. increase. Google owns 14 data centersin the United States, including his second data center outside Omaha in Papillion, Nebraska. 

An arc flash is a sudden burst of light and heat that occurs when a powerful electric current flows through a conductor, fails to reach its intended destination, and reaches the ground. The heat emitted from an arc flash can reach 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

First responders headed to the Council Bluffs data center around midnight after they were told there had been a "massive explosion," said Jim Wood, Deputy Chief of the Council Bluffs Fire Department.told Omaha World-Herald. 

The Council Bluffs Data Center was built in 2007 and currently employs more than 900 people, according to the company'scompanywebsite.

Christopher J. Brooks

Christopher J. Brooks As a reporter for CBS MoneyWatch, he covers business, consumer and financial topics ranging from economic inequality and housing to bankruptcies and the sports business.

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