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Google data center explodes, causing injuries, power outages

A small section in the Google data center in western Iowa exploded late Monday night, injuring workers and injuring workers. Google's most popular services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Google search engines that have brought a temporary outage to some people.

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

"All three were burned because three workers were accessing the electrical cabinets when the arc flash occurred," Council Bluffs chief Justin James told CBS Money Watch. .. "Everyone was taken to a trauma center for care."

Data center generated when people were working on personal computers It is a large building that houses dozens of supercomputers and servers commonly used to store and process information. Google has14 data centersin the United States, the second of which is located on the outskirts of Omaha in Papillion, Nebraska. 

An arc flash is a sudden burst of light and heat that occurs when a powerful electric current passes through a conductor, misses its destination, and reaches the ground. The heat emitted by the arc flash can reach 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which isaccording toaccording to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

First responders went to the Council Bluffs data center around midnight after being told there was a "big explosion." Council Bluffs Fire Department Assistant Chief JimwoodtoldOmaha World. -Herald. 

Google didn't respond to your request immediately on Tuesday. According to the company'scompanywebsite, the Council Bluffs data center was built in 2007 and currently employs more than 900 people.

This is a developing story.

Christopher J. Brooks

Christopher J .Brooks is a CBS MoneyWatch reporter covering business, consumer and financial stories, from economic inequality and housing issues to bankruptcy and sports businesses.

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