Explosion caused by “Electrical problem” at Google Data Center injures 3 people: Report

Three workers at Google’s Data Center in Iowa, US, were injured in an explosion, according to a report in Newsweek. Three workers – all electricians – were taken to a local hospital after suffering severe burns, the outlet added.

Electricians were working on a substation near a data center when an “electrical failure” caused an explosion, commonly known as an arc flash. The condition of one of them is said to be serious.

A post was shared by the city of Council Bluffs on Twitter on Tuesday announcing the incident and the condition of the three injured. According to the post, one electrician suffered injuries to his lower body, while the other suffered burns to his face, left arm and thigh.

Jim Wood, assistant superintendent of the Council Bluffs Fire Department, told the local publication Omaha World Herald that first responders were summoned to the data center at 11:59 a.m. to report electrical failures on the premises. Scanner traffic showed there were the first signs of a “big bang”, but Mr Wood did not confirm specifics, according to the outlet.

According to Mr. Wood, all the patients were awake and communicating after the incident.

The fire department is investigating the cause of the incident. The Google facility is one of the company’s largest data centers, located near Lake Manawa State Park. Hundreds of supercomputers, which are high-tech computers used to store and analyze large amounts of data, are housed in this facility.

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