Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Nicaraguan Invasion? Blame Google Maps

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An embarrassing error on Google Maps has been blamed for Nicaragua's accidental invasion of Costa Rica. Last week, Nicaraguan troops crossed the border, took down a Costa Rican flag and defiantly raised their own flag on Costa Rican turf.
 
But the troops' commander, Eden Pastora, told a Costa Rican newspaper, La Nacion, that his invasion was not his fault, because Google Maps mistakenly said the territory belonged to Nicaragua. Government officials in Nicaragua have also blamed a "bug in Google" for the error.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/11/google-maps-error-blamed-for-nicaraguan-invasion/

 



 
A similar map glitch occurred in 1939, when Google Maps inadvertently showed Germany's borders encompassed France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and a large chunk of Russia.
 
Oops.

 

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