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Several users of Google Maps reported a strange case: they covered with a black spot the images of a small Russian islet near the arctic.
In general, Google Maps covers some national security zones at the request of governments. It is very common that nuclear power stations, prisons or military bases appear blocked in the satellite service.
That is why it generated intrigue the reasons that led to cover the island Jeannette, which is located in the East Siberian Sea. It is not clear why the island is blurred, although thousands of theories circulated on social networks.
This shows the area where the island is:
“Frankly, one wonders what’s in that place, there’s nothing nearby, only an island can be used by the army, but we do not know who is hiding there,” one user commented.
Jeannette Island was discovered in 1881 during an expedition led by the officer and explorer of the US Navy George E. De Long. According to the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean, this small piece of land is three square kilometers in size.
However, after the Imperial Russian Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition of 1910-1915, Russia publicly announced that Jeanette, along with other Arctic islands, was part of the Russian Federation. Since then, each country claims it.
There is no clear reason to explain why the remote island is blocked. Google still did not give explanations about it, but it could probably be an error or technical problem of the software or the satellite.