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Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps
|Last Edited||Jason Nov 07, 2010 02:06am|
|News Date||Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:30:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America. |
A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory.
La Nacion — the largest newspaper in Costa Rica — says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to “justify” the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate the territory belongs to Costa Rica. Pastora blames Google Maps in the paper: