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Gmail Down: Google Email Suffers Service Disruption (UPDATE)

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A number of Gmail users are finding error messages this afternoon, as the popular email service is suffering some rare downtime.

UPDATE: Google says the issue has been resolved:

"The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

EARLIER:

Google acknowledges the problem and says it is "working on it." It also released a statement that the outage is affecting less than 2 percent of its users worldwide:

The Google's App Status Dashboard shows a half-circle for "Google Mail," signifying a partial service disruption. Hundreds of tweets are also saying that Gmail is down. (Scroll down for Twitter reactions.)

The outage began around 12:30 p.m. ET, BNO News reports, when users began seeing the message: "We're sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable."

Mashable asked Google+ users if they were experiencing problems, and the response was mixed. According to Mashable reporter Alex Fitzpatrick, "about 50% of respondents" say Gmail is down.

Google experienced a few email outages this past fall - in November and September.

Are you having problems accessing Gmail? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @HuffPostTech.

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