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Scottish Island Vanishes from Google Maps

Scottish island of Jura missing from Google Maps
Google Maps accidentally deleted the Scottish island of Jura. (Image credit: Google Maps)

Oops. Google Maps accidentally deleted the entire Scottish island of Jura from its site, reports BBC News.

Jura is part of Scotland's Inner Hebrides archipelago and sits to the west of mainland Scotland, across the Sound of Jura from the Kintyre Peninsula. It has an area of about 140 square miles (370 square kilometers) and is home to fewer than 200 people. While the island was visible in Google's satellite views, it was missing from the map views, the BBC noted.

"We are sorry about that. We're aware of the problem, and our engineers are beavering away to fix it," the BBC quoted a Google spokeswoman as saying. "We hope to have the map of Jura back to normal as soon as possible."

Andrea Thompson
Andrea graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2004 and a Master's in the same subject in 2006. She attended the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006.