The Secret Censored Maps
Google Maps is probably one of the best inventions made has ever made in the recent years. It has helped people discover places that they’ve never been to before.
It has also helped travellers find their way back to their hotels. But did you know that there are certain places on Google Maps that are censored?
Yes, there are places in Google Maps that are either censored or blurred. It might be censored to protect the location’s privacy, or it might be an important location that’s protected by the government, or maybe it’s a secret hiding spot for aliens.
Who knows? Don’t believe us? Well, here are 6 censored places on Google Maps:
1. Roses, Spain
If you look up Roses in Spain you’ll see an odd black shape. That’s probably because of the fact that Roses is one of the playground of the
rich and the famous.
There are a number of mansions in the area that’s owned by rich celebrities and politicians that wants to enjoy their privacy.
No secret military base here, just a bunch of rich people enjoying their privacy.
2. The entire country of Israel
It’s pretty common to see one specific area in a country to be censored or blurred but it’s different but the country of Israel. You see, the entire country of Israel is blurred.
When you zoom in in one of the places, it never really fully clears up unlike other places in the world.
It just remains blurry. That’s because of an act that was passed in 1997 that prohibited certain quality satellite imagery of Israel to be available for commercial use.
But this act only applies to American companies like Google.
3. Volkel Air base, Netherlands
The Volkel Air base might be based in the Netherlands but it has connections to the US.
When you search the location on Google Maps you’ll see a big chunk of land that looks like military fatigue. That’s because it services both the Netherlands and the US by holding ammunition and repairing the 52 D Fighter Wing in the area.
4. Minamitorishima Air Field
This Japanese island served as a home to transmitters used to communicate with nuclear submarines and the Japanese maritime self-defense force later on.
The island has been deserted for quite some time now but when you look it up on Google Maps you’ll see some areas that are suspiciously whitewashed. Are they secretly up to something over there?
5. Mururoa Atoll
The reason why you’ve probably never heard of Mururoa Atoll is because it’s located in the middle of the South Pacific.
But strangely enough, if you look it up on Google Maps, you’ll see that half of the island is in ultra-low resolution.
That’s because 175 French nuclear weapons was tested here in the 20th century. Coincidentally, those tests were done in the part of the island that’s hard to see on Google Maps.
6. The Mexico-America Border
The Mexico-America Border is a pretty huge talking point. They take their security seriously over there so it’s no surprise to see that the Mexico-America border is blurred on Google Maps.
When you see the Hudspeth county in Texas, you’ll see that the image is distorted. That’s to prevent any illegal smuggling of drugs or weapons in the country.