West Coasters Lose Their Google

The outage, which affected the West Coast of the United States, was caused by an equipment failure.

An equipment failure knocked out access to the Google search engine for Internet users on the West Coast of the United States early Thursday, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Sporadic outages began around midnight Wednesday, Pacific time, and were the result of a piece of malfunctioning network hardware.

The disruptions affected a "small fraction" of Google users on the West Coast, according to a statement from the company.

Engineers restored Google access to affected users within minutes.

Google.com and the companys other services were not affected, the company said.

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