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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