Google Maps Mistake Triggers Invasion
Nicaragua uses border goof to justify incursion into Costa Rica
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 1:42 AM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2010 6:30 AM CST
Invasion by Google.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Google officials have apologized and promised to fix a flaw in a map that exacerbated a territorial dispute and triggered a Central American invasion. "We determined that there was indeed an error," said a statement from Google after a Nicaraguan commander used the flawed map as justification for last week's incursion into Costa Rica. The erroneous map showed more territory belonging to Nicaragua than actually exists, according to US State Department maps of the area. When Costa Rica complained that Nicaraguan troops were encamped in their nation, Nicaragua's commander pointed to Google's map during a newspaper interview to prove he had done nothing wrong, and refused to move the soldiers.

"Costa Rica is seeing its dignity smeared and there is a sense of great national urgency," said President Laura Chinchilla, who appealed to other nations to mediate the dispute. The tiny country has no army. Nicaragua has asked Google not to correct its maps of the area, reports the New York Daily News. The 200-year-old border dispute was reignited last month when Nicaragua began dredging the San Juan River, which marks the border between the nations, to change its route. (Click here for four more similarly weird Google controversies.)

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raquelbozameneses
Mar 19, 2015 10:36 PM CDT
Nicaragua sigue en disputa con Costa Rica, cuando miles de años atrás su propio pueblo decidió ser parte de nuestra nación, y hoy día hay aún más flujo de inmigrantes...por una mejor vida, por oportunidades de trabajo, y todo ésto es un problema de todos los días!!!
iq145
Sep 3, 2013 8:17 PM CDT
Costa Rica is EVIL: Jairo Mora Sandoval (March 22, 1987 – May 31, 2013) was a Costa Rican environmentalist who was murdered on May 31, 2013, while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests. Sea turtles are protected by law in Costa Rica, but poaching remains common. Locals take eggs, which are believed to be an aphrodisiac, and sell them on the black market. The egg trade has been linked to illegal drug trafficking and violence. Environmentalists working in Limón say they are often threatened for trying to protect the eggs. Jairo Mora was one such environmentalist working in the area. In the wake of Mora's death, the organization he worked with cancelled beach patrol efforts in Costa Rica. His death attracted international attention, including a statement from the United Nations. In Costa Rica, his death led to calls for reform of environmental policy. On June 4, the government met with environmentalists to discuss potential changes to policy. A plan submitted by environmentalists and endorsed by Environment Minister René Castro would set up a new protected area named after Mora and grant park rangers more authority to stop poachers, among other changes. On June 5, vigils were held across Costa Rica in honor of Mora. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Jairo_Mora_Sandoval
Lili Q
Nov 9, 2010 3:58 PM CST
This explains the ICBM that was launched 35 miles off the coast of California yesterday http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40087187/ns/us_news-security/?GT1=43001