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YouTube, Gmail & other Google services suffer outage in North America, parts of Europe

Google services, including YouTube, Gmail and Snapchat, have been down for several hours Sunday afternoon. The US has been apparently affected the most, according to user reports.

Users complained of troubles with accessing such services as Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and the backbone of the tech giant – the Search itself. The outage has hit the US East Coast the worst, reports on downdetector.com indicate.

According to Google’s own Status Dashboard, a greater half of the tech giant’s services were down, with only Google+ and Google Cloud Search listed as working properly.

The issue appears to be related to Google’s Cloud service, its Cloud dashboard indicates. The troubles began around 3:25pm ET, according to it and were later confirmed to be connected “to a larger network issue.” Reported outage of other, non-Google apps reinforces the theory that the issue is related to the Cloud – it powers apps other than Google’s own web services.

The issues have only been resolved around 7:00pm ET, the company reported. “We will conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to our systems to help prevent or minimize future recurrence,” the statement reads.

In the meantime, Google users have been venting their frustration on other platforms as the outage has affected many, from inability to access YouTube to disruption of workflows.

The Google outage was perceived as a solid sign of an impending Doomsday – or breakage of the whole internet, at least. Which is sort of the same for many, it seems. (RT)