Google Maps: Five places in the world that have been censored | Travel News | Travel

Most people assume that Google Maps lists every single street, city and country around the world.

But there some mysterious places that don’t appear as they should.

Five of the most mysteriously blurred-out places were revealed by Youtube user, Dark5, in a video.

The information was uploaded in June 2016, and has been a viral sensation ever since. researched the places across the globe and lists them below.


Google maps: The mysterious places around the world that Google does not want you to see


Secret places: A little section on Junction Ranch, a large airstrip is scratched out in Google Maps

Junction Ranch, California

In the middle of the Mohave Desert, California, is a large airstrip and military testing site known as Junction Ranch.

Part of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, it’s believed people are working on “black” drone projects in the area.

Everything looks as it should on both Google Maps and Bing maps – except for one area next to the runway.

On Google, one little section is scratched out, whilst Bing have blanked out the whole area.


Secret places: Sandy Island off the Australian coast suddenly vanished from maps

Google Maps reportedly censored the island with a black box before smudging it out; on Bing the island is still searchable

Sandy Island

Sandy Island – a small island in the Coral Sea, off the Australian coast was supposedly discovered by Captain Cook.

It had been on the maps since the late 1800s, when of all a sudden, it disappeared.

Google Maps reportedly censored the island with a black box before smudging it out; on Bing the island is still searchable.

In 2012 the island was officially “undiscovered” after a research ship could not find anything at those co-ordinates.

The question remains, what exactly did Captain Cook discover and did this phantom island really disappear?


Secret places: Both Google Maps and Bing Maps have masked an area in the mountains

Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Siberia

In the wilderness of Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, there is area that has mysteriously been masked on Google Maps. 

Satellite imagery of terrain from the surrounding area, near Egvekinot, appears to have been copied and pasted over the region.

This cut and paste job can be seen more clearly on Bing maps where mountains inexplicably turn into flat forest.

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