Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Nicaraguan Invasion? Blame Google Maps

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.



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.



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