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9 Places That Are Blurred Out On Google Maps & We Are Curious Why?

Go on Google Maps and you can see what 99.9% of the world looks like from above. Why only 99.9% and not 100%? The reason is that some places, for one reason or another, have been blurred out. Most of them you can’t see because of privacy or safety concerns, but there are few that have been blurred out for no apparent reason at all.

Palace Huis Ten, The Netherlands

via Websonic.nl
via Websonic.nl

Though you can see the surrounding area in full detail, Google Maps won’t let you see an inch of this royal palace.

North Korea

via Newsfeed.time.com
via Newsfeed.time.com

Though not technically blurred out, when you look at North Korea on Google Maps, you’ll notice that there’s not that much information given. A lot of identifying details, such as street names and highway markers, are missing because the country is so secretive.

Colonel Sanders from KFC

via Google-street-view.com
via Google-street-view.com

If you go on to Google Street View and see a KFC, you’ll notice Colonel Sanders is blurred out. The reason for this is that his image was based on that of a real person and images of real people have to be blurred out.

Volkel Air Base, The Netherlands

via Npr.org
via Npr.org

This air base has been completely blurred out and when you try to see it on Google Maps, all you see is camouflage-colored dots. This base is supposedly the site of nuclear weapons, which may be why it’s blurred out.

The Michael Aaf Building, USA

Located in Utah, this building is part of a complex that’s supposedly used by the US army for testing chemical and biological weapons.

via Buiv.net
via Buiv.net

Noordwijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands

via Wpsecurity.co.za
via Wpsecurity.co.za

Part of the airbase has been blurred out, though you can still make out the runways.

Reims Airbase, France

via Radiolab.org
via Radiolab.org

Part of the airbase at Reims has been completely blurred out for no apparent reason. The rest of the base, however, remains perfectly visible.

Severnaya Zemlya, Russia

via Wonderfulengineering.com
via Wonderfulengineering.com

A group of large islands near Russia’s Bolshevik Island is completely blurred out. The islands are apparently uninhabited, so it’s anyone’s guess why you can’t see these islands on Google Maps.

Maroule Nuclear Site, France

via Wonderfulengineering.com
via Wonderfulengineering.com

This nuclear power plant was the scene of an explosion in 2011, which killed one person and injured four, so that may be why it’s completely blurred out.



James Gibson
I'm a Classics graduate and have been writing for over three years. Hopefully going to go into novel writing some day. I'm mostly interested in theme parks and roller coasters - I've been on 300 coasters and plan on going on lots more!

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  1. Severnaya Zemlya, Russia is not correct. That is Proliv Krasnoy Armii, Russia, and it is not blurred out. Even 2 years ago when this was posted. It is just the persons shtty computer

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