Gmail, Google+, and Hangouts Suffer Outage Across Europe

Google services suffered a major outage in Europe earlier today, knocking Gmail, Google+, and Hangouts offline.

Websites including Downrightnow and Downdetector show that the outage occurred in the U.K., France, Germany, and the Netherlands at around 8 a.m. BST on Thursday and lasted for about an hour.

During the downtime, users reported that services such as Gmail and Hangouts were throwing up 500-error messages. Google+ was reportedly showing the error message, too, but it’s unlikely that too many people noticed that Google’s social network was down.

One user confirmed the downtime on Twitter, saying: “Some Google services seem to be down/inaccessible… Got a error 500 in G+ and Gmail.”

Another added: “Archived 1,000s of Gmail messages and all i got was this lousy 500 error message. Did this bring Gmail down?”

Google has advised users on its support page that services are back up and running. “The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support,” it said.

“Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”

Google has yet to acknowledge the cause of the outage, but we have contacted the company for comment.

This latest downtime comes just months after Google experienced its last major outage.

Some users reported in July that Google services were displaying 500-error messages after the firm suffered an intermittent server error.

This article was originally published on the Inquirer.

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