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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 Thompson

Andrea Thompson is an associate editor at Scientific American, where she covers sustainability, energy and the environment. Prior to that, she was a senior writer covering climate science at Climate Central and a reporter and editor at Live Science, where she primarily covered Earth science and the environment. She holds a graduate degree in science health and environmental reporting from New York University, as well as a bachelor of science and and masters of science in atmospheric chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.