Google Earth is great tool, we all know that. But, there are several classified places around the globe that have been either blurred or pixilated while you explore it. The reasons are unknown although the area, of course, is known by virtue of the surrounding information. Some of them are facilities; others are hidden locations in the mountains, some government buildings, and also houses of some people. Only Google will be privy to such information. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t know there is a secret that Google or whoever has instructed them, is hiding behind those blurred images. Here are 15 secret places from Google Earth that Google doesn’t want you to know about and see them.
1. Moruroa, French Polynesia
Moruroa is an atoll among the French Polynesian islands in the South Pacific and when seen from Google Earth, it looks like they hiding something. Various islands are visible in the atoll, but you will find certain places blurred from sight. We can’t clearly say what secret lies there, but the common assumption is that the atoll has an airstrip a dock and a few buildings. This area was a nuclear testing site for the French between 1966 and 1996. Maybe this have something to do with the blackout.
2. Taipei, Taiwan
This image has been clearly changed. On the first look, it looks quite normal and shows an air facility belonging to the Republic of China in Taiwan’s Taipei. But, if you take a closer look you will see how the image isn’t actually what it seems and the whole area has a different shade compared to surroundings.
3. Utrecht, Netherlands
This house located on 8 Oorsprongpark in Utrecht, Holland has been completely pixilated by Google Earth and nobody knows why. The roof has been blurred and it is easy to notice in comparison to the surrounding houses.
4. Junction Ranch, California
Junction Ranch is a military testing site that also include a large airstrip. According to beliefs, the facility is a part of the Naval weapons station on China Lake where the government is working on secret drone projects. This area looks as it should on map but one specific area has been scratched out. Bing maps have the whole area blurred out. There is a reason of course, but it must be a very confidential one, for sure.
5. Snow Saddle, Nepal
Kantega or Snow Saddle is an area located at 22,000 feet, high up in the Nepal Himalaya. Google maps has blacked out the entire region and Bing maps has pixilated it. Do you know why? There are allegations and some assumptions that the Nazis had secret expeditions in the area where they were believed to have discovered a UFO base. The area has been blacked out to discourage the secret entrance that leads to the base or investigating the area. The entire area is also well known for its huge number of alleged UFO sightings.
6. Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Siberia
In the Russian Federal region of Chukotka, there is an area in the wilderness that has been blacked out by Google Maps. Looks like the fake satellite imagery have been pasted over the region to fool people in thinking it is normal. The same situation can be seen on Bing where mountains suddenly appear as flat forest. The area is alleged to be a Russian HAARP site which is a testing facility of ICBM’s or it could also be a big gold mine.
7. Sandy Island
Sandy Island off the Australian coast in the Coral Sea was discovered by Captain Cook. It has always been on maps since the 1800 but suddenly disappeared. Google maps earlier blacked out the island’s location and Bing has removed it altogether. A research ship also attempted to find the island with previous coordinates, but was unsuccessful. So, what then did Captain Cook find?? It’s pretty much sure that he wasn’t hallucinating. So, the main question is whether the island is actually there and kept a secret or really disappeared?
8. Broken Arrow, Greenland
US military uses the term a broken arrow to denote a damaged or fallen nuclear weapon. It is also the name of a site in Greenland that has been highly pixilated by Google Maps. During the Cold War, the US Air Force had secret operation between 1960 – 1968 that was referred to as “The Chrome Dome”. The operation involved B-52 stratofortess strategic bomber aircraft armed with thermo- nuclear weapons flying continuous sorties along air routes on the Russian height of the Cold War. Accidents which involved the B-52 bombers finished the whole program in 1968. It was supposed that one such accident involving a nuclear weapon caused several military workers to suffer radiation poisoning. The reason for Google pixelating the area is still unknown.
9. Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
A black strip is covering a long rectangular plot in the Baker Lake area in Nunavut Canada. Conspiracy theorists have said that it conceals extraterrestrial beacons placed on the strip, something that no government will want anyone to see.
10. Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary
This is an oil facility of Hungary that has asked to be marked green while all buildings and grounds surrounding the area have been deleted. The reason for this act remains unknown. There is a bizarre rumor which says that the green colored block protects a grassy field. What’s the point of that unless there is something hidden beneath the grass?
11. Keowee Dam, USA
This reservoir in South Carolina which has a shape like a Christmas tree is heavily blurred by Google. but It is believed that the dam is used for running the Oconee Nuclear Station and is also referred to as the American Fukushima, although authorities have never confirmed it.
12. Unknown Area In Siberian Tundra, Russia
Among the entire secret places o Google Earth, this is perhaps the most mysterious and there is a sinister story behind the huge blur added there by Google. The site is located in the Siberian Tundra near the Russian city of Egvekinot just next to the border to Alaska. The Russian authorities had sealed entire sites and towns in the area in 1986 and it was a home to more than a million people. The mysterious cities were given names like Krasnoyarsk-26 and Tomsk-7. One area of that kind named Arzamas-16 was home to a colony of superior nuclear scientists and engineers. It was strongly believed that the whole area was taken over by the government during the cold war of the sixties and then used the area as a missile or radar station. Many observers commented that the surrounding areas were just copy pasted from other parts of the country.
13. The Michael AAF Building, USA
A highly classified area in Utah that belongs to the US military. The only information known about it is that it is used, as many presume, to be a biological and chemical weapons testing facility. There is no other information about it. And, of course, the entire area has been blurred out by Google Maps.
14. HAARP Site, Gakona, Alaska, USA
The abbreviation HAARP stands for High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program. A highly controversial operation currently operating in the USA. The Gakona AK test site conducts ionospheric testing and is alleged by conspiracy theorists to be the cause of natural disasters like earthquakes although there has been no evidence of that till today.
15. Valencia City, Philippines
Valencia City in Philippines is home to more than 160,000 people but it is also regarded as the headquarters of the Governments missile testing facility and some defense programs which is why it has been blurred for security reasons as one of the secret places on Google Earth.
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