Google Maps Error Causes Nicaraguan Invasion

The disputed border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, shown on Google Maps.

Good job Google. Even better job Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora. Via Time’s News Feed:

A border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica was off by 3,000 meters on Google Maps. This sparked Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora to invade Costa Rica and order troops to take down Costa Rican flags in a disputed territory.

A Google spokesperson said the source of the error was unknown, but two entire countries have felt its effects.

We can’t really blame Google for this snafu; we can only blame Pastora for using Google Maps for military business. Official maps for both countries say the land in question belongs to Costa Rica. And, Fast Company reports, Bing had the border correct. Score one for Microsoft, the true victors in this battle.

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  • Andrew

    This is why we need Net neutrality!

  • Andrew

    This is why we need Net neutrality!

  • AgentWoods
  • AgentWoods
  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    LOL!!!! That…that is epic Central American webfail!!! You can put stars on a guys shoulders…but it still doesn’t magically generate IQ points! I hope they have that jackass scrubbing latrines til he dies of old age :-)

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    LOL!!!! That…that is epic Central American webfail!!! You can put stars on a guys shoulders…but it still doesn’t magically generate IQ points! I hope they have that jackass scrubbing latrines til he dies of old age :-)

  • Plastikwindow

    Hey that’s really interesting but I find this story disturbing for acouple reasons:

    1) The article linked is not dated; should someone assume that this is not currently happening thus being old news? “AgentWoods” link is dated Nov 5, 2010- so Costa Rica requires diplomatic assistance in this invasion.
    2) Pastora (Nicaraguan military commander) has used this benign mistake by google to justify an invasion of a sovereign state. Since when did google replace the fucking UN???
    3) The story should be that Costa Rica is being invaded and NOT about google making a silly mistake leading to a little invasion.
    A comment to this article states:
    “David
    This is as embarrasing as annoying for us in Costa Rica. Were trying to solve this in the most logical way, but is impossible to talk with this people. They say thats theyre territory just because of the Google Map, but they DO have the official map and its clear that that area is ours…. What can we say? We took the case to the OEA but Nicaraguan president says that it doesnt matter what the OEA will say… The worst thing is that Costarican region is rich in flora and fauna and theyre simply destroying everything in order to build a canal. Some countries are still in the Medieval Times”
    4) I urge everyone to take this invasion seriously, and not buy into google being responsible. There’s something more sinister to this story.

  • Plastikwindow

    Hey that’s really interesting but I find this story disturbing for acouple reasons:

    1) The article linked is not dated; should someone assume that this is not currently happening thus being old news? “AgentWoods” link is dated Nov 5, 2010- so Costa Rica requires diplomatic assistance in this invasion.
    2) Pastora (Nicaraguan military commander) has used this benign mistake by google to justify an invasion of a sovereign state. Since when did google replace the fucking UN???
    3) The story should be that Costa Rica is being invaded and NOT about google making a silly mistake leading to a little invasion.
    A comment to this article states:
    “David
    This is as embarrasing as annoying for us in Costa Rica. Were trying to solve this in the most logical way, but is impossible to talk with this people. They say thats theyre territory just because of the Google Map, but they DO have the official map and its clear that that area is ours…. What can we say? We took the case to the OEA but Nicaraguan president says that it doesnt matter what the OEA will say… The worst thing is that Costarican region is rich in flora and fauna and theyre simply destroying everything in order to build a canal. Some countries are still in the Medieval Times”
    4) I urge everyone to take this invasion seriously, and not buy into google being responsible. There’s something more sinister to this story.

  • http://www.brandonconnell.com Brandon Connell

    Now THAT is funny! Well, not for Costa Rica. It’s best to check and recheck before invading a neighboring country.

  • http://www.brandonconnell.com Brandon Connell

    Now THAT is funny! Well, not for Costa Rica. It’s best to check and recheck before invading a neighboring country.

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