Google Maps provides a detailed map of the world to its users and clearly shows what locations look like from above. The quality is normally impressively clear and taken by a satellite to help users navigate the globe. However, there is an area in northern France where the quality of the image suddenly deteriorates. A large section has been completely blurred out by Google so any user is incapable of looking at the location in detail.
The place in question is a nuclear reprocessing plant at La Hague in Normandy.
The AREVA La Hague site was opened in 1976 and it treats spent nuclear fuel from France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.
The site has attracted a fair amount of controversy over the years, and criticism from Greenpeace in particular.
They have been campaigning for the plant to be shut down since 1997.
The La Hague nuclear reprocessing plant is most likely blurred from view due to security.
Many governmental or military centres are censored by Google Maps for security reasons.
Instances of such locations being blurred can be seen across the world on Google.
A giant square section of Almeria in southern Spain has been blurred out so no one can see what is there.
The hidden location is called Patio de los Naranjos, which translates to Orange Tree Yard.
No matter how close the viewer zooms in on the map, however, nothing of the yard can be seen – it remains blurred out.
It is believed the yard has been blurred out by Google due to the proximity of government buildings.
It is not known why the Patio de los Naranjos has been hidden away from public view.
Two buildings are named within the blurred square, though – a government office and a courthouse.
Consequently, it is believed the yard has been blurred out by Google due to the proximity of government buildings.
Another intriguing location is a military base in Athens, Greece which simply cannot be seen on Google Maps.
The Ayioi Anargyroi Military Base Athens is so heavily blurred out no Google user can look at it.
The area around the base can easily be explored but absolutely nothing within it can be seen.
Published at Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:01:00 +0000