Whether due to security or paranoia, there are many places on Google Earth that you won’t be able to go peaking around in. Some governments specifically request Google to blur certain areas out while other times the only satellite imagery available to the public is severely outdated (the White House). These are 25 places that are suspiciously blurry on Google Maps.
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Mobile Oil Corporation, New York
Although most places get blurred out due to the possibility of being a terrorist target, Mobil has been criticized for doing so needlessly.
Volkel Air Base, Netherlands
After WikiLeaks published diplomatic correspondence confirming the presence of nuclear weapons this place got really blurry really quick.
Mazda Raceway, California
Although military installations make sense to blur out, this heavily whited out California racetrack is probably one of the stranger examples of Google censorship.
Tantauco National Park, Chile
Although no one is sure why, this reserve for endangered species was completely scrubbed from Google maps.
Alexei Miller House, Russia
This is supposedly the home of Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, but the blurriness makes us think it might be a whole lot more…
Missile silos, Spain
According to locals, on this spot there is a small building that somewhat resembles a missile silo. Furthermore it can be found yahoo maps but not Google.
Elmira Correctional Facility, USA
After numerous riots, uprisings, and mass escapes, officials are apparently worried that there might be an aerial breakout attempt at the highest level prison in New York.
The focal point of numerous conspiracy theories, the site of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is completely blurred out.
Although the surrounding farms and landscape is visible, the city of Babylon is completely blurry.
Unknown area, Russia
Some says its a missile system, some say its a testing facility but nobody is really sure what actually exists here and it seems that an image was inserted from another region of Russia.
Palace Huis Ten, The Netherlands
While surrounding trees and wooded areas can be seen clearly the palace itself is completely out of focus.
Oil Refinery, Hungary
Painted green, the ground and buildings are completely missing in one of the stranger cases of censorship on this list.
Pacific Northwest, USA
Found near the border of Washington and Oregon, locals have apparently inspected the area and found nothing except for a n ominous looking fence.
Air base Ramstein, Germany
The central point for “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, it’s not too surprising that this location is a bit blurry.
Baker Lake, Northern Canada
There is no consensus as to why this strip of land is blackened but apparently one popular explanation says its hiding 3 extraterrestrial beacons that we stole from outer space.
Airbase at Reims, France
Yet another airforce base, it seems that these have a pretty solid track record of getting blurred out.
NATO Headquarters Portugal
The Portuguese headquarters of NATO got another piece of Google Earth pasted over top of it.
Keowee Dam, South Carolina
Although in some cases it makes sense to completely blur out dams, we’re not sure about this one.
Seabrook Nuclear Station, New Hampshire
Unlike a random dam in South Carolina, we understand why this place might be a little blurry.
Noordwijk Aan Zee, Netherlands
Home To the ESTEC or European Space Research And Technology Centre, a big part of this small dutch community is very obviously obscured.
Minami Torishima Airport, Japan
This one runway airport serving the island of Minami Torishima on the east coast of Japan is very over saturated with whiteness and is currently being used by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
The Michael Aaf Building, Utah
The Dugway Proving Ground in Utah is an area used by the US Army to test bio and chemical weapons. The Michael Aaf building that is located there is completely whited out.
Cornell University Combined Heat and Power Plant, New York
This high tech and eco friendly facility generates electricity from natural gas as part of an effort by the university to reduce CO2 emmision. You won’t get to see the process happen from above though because it is completely blurred out.
Whenever you find a KFC on Google street view expect to see the Colonel’s face blurred out. According to Google reps this is because he was a real person and people’s faces are never allowed to be shown.
Although not blurred out this is one place you won’t find on Google street view anytime in the future. Although satellite imagery does exist, street names and locations have only been filled in according to sparse accounts from those who have escaped or visited.