Google Earth has opened the world for us now we can see places which we have never seen before just by sitting in our home. The whole world is in our fingertips, just a few clicks away.
But there are some places that even Google Earth don’t want us to see, these are the sites around the world that are classified and they are pixelated or blacked out by Google Earth.
news.com.au have reported a number of sensitive areas which are blacked out or hidden on Google Earth.
Here is the list of some of those places.
1. HAARP, Washington-Oregon border
The mysterious and secretive HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) was located near the Washington-Oregon border.
The US Air Force shut down the research facility – which studied an energetic and active region of the upper atmosphere known as the ionosphere – in 2014, however it remains blacked out on Google maps.
2. The secret city, Russia
Deep in the Siberian Tundra there’s an area that appears blurred out on Google and nobody knows why.
Back 1986, Russia claimed there were dozens of ‘closed cities’ around their country. These mysterious towns have strict travel and residency restrictions and specific permission is needed to visit them.
3. Portlaoise Prison, Ireland
Portlaoise Prison in Ireland’s County Laois is a high-security prison where the country houses some of its most dangerous criminals.
The prison isn’t blurred on Google Earth, but anyone who takes a look at the prison on the map may notice that the colours of the image don’t match with its surroundings.
4. The Faroe Islands, Denmark
The Faroe Islands are a self-governing archipelago, and a part of Denmark. They’re made up of 18 volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean.
No one is quite sure why parts of the Faroe Islands, home to 50,000 people, are pixelated, but news.com.au claim that it’s nothing exciting like a UFO base and is probably something to do with fishing rights.
5. Százhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary
When Google photographed the Százhalombatta Oil Refinery in Hungary they asked that the image be coloured green and have its building and grounds removed from satellite photos – but no one really knows why.
Even stranger, though, is that the green blocks out a field of grass with nothing on top of it.
6. Kangtega, Nepal
Kangtega, known also as The Snow Saddle, is a huge mountain peak in the Himalayas, Nepal.
For completely unknown reasons the Saddle is blacked out on Google Earth, although it’s believed by some to be a simple glitch in the system.
7. The Volkel air base, the Netherlands
If you try and check out Volkel air base on Google Earth you’ll be sad to find nothing but a blocky camouflaged patch in the middle of the Netherlands, but they’ve got a good reason to keep the base secret.
The former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers has claimed that the US store 22 nuclear bombs in the bunkers of the air base.
8. Valencia City, Philippines
A large chunk of Valencia City in the Philippines has been pixelated by Google, which some suggest may simply be an oversight on the tech giant’s part.
However, a number of people have raised suspicions that the city is the headquarters of the government’s missile defence program and is pixelated for national security reasons.