Nicaragua Invades Costa Rica Because Google Maps Told It To

Sat Nav has been blamed for people driving their cars into rivers, for lorry drivers destroying ancient bridges, and driving Belgian lorry drivers through Cornish cottages. But I don’t think it’s started any international incidents. Well now an error in Google Maps has caused Nicaragua to invade Costa Rica…

From the Search Engine Land article:

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…

Via Search Engine Land