Thursday, November 11, 2010

Google caught in center of row in between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

A border argument in between Costa Rica and Nicaragua has simmered for many years along the San Juan River. The Costa Rica/Nicaragua border dispute got serious last week when a Nicaraguan military commander led troops into Costa Rican territory. Costa Rica said Nicaragua had invaded its territory, when the commander said he was just following Google Maps, which showed that he had been still in Nicaragua.

Boundary incursion in Nicaragua held responsible on Google Maps

Heavily armed Nicaraguan and Costa Rican security forces are standing off against each other across the San Juan River because of an error on Google Maps. Eden Pastora, a Nicaraguan military commander using Google Maps, moved troops into an area along the border with Costa Rica. Costa Rica accused Pastora of setting up camp, removing a Costa Rican flag, raising the Nicaraguan flag, dredging the San Juan River and dumping sediment in Costa Rican territory. The area, although it’s disputed, is Costa Rican territory on maps that are used in both countries despite the fact that Pastora showed Google Maps said differently, the Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion reports.

Chinchilla and Sandinistas both fault others

The Nicaraguan army was said to are doing an act of aggression by president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, who said this to the whole nation starting the difficulties between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. She sent seriously armed military police to the disputed territory an uninhabited river island in the jungle about 18 miles inland from the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica was said to have been invading territory too by the Nicaraguan Sandinista govt. Costa Rica was said to be threatening Nicaragua in a Chinchilla national address that President Daniel Ortega responded with.

It's Google's fault

Google has admitted to making the mistake that has fanned the flames of the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border dispute. The business said that the border on Google Maps had been off by up to 2.7 kilometers due to an error in data obtained by the State Department. Last week Costa Rica spoke with Google. It asked the island be shown to belong to Nicaragua on the map. Nicaragua's foreign minister told Google that the map is just fine the way it is and not to change it though just the next day.

Citations

Wired

wired.com/dangerroom/2010/11/google-maps-error-blamed-for-nicaraguan-invasion/

Miami Herald

miamiherald.com/2010/11/05/1911356/a-river-runs-into-trouble-on-nicaragua.html

Search Engine Land

searchengineland.com/nicaragua-raids-costa-rica-blames-google-maps-54885



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