Google & Bing Block Out 66 16 0 N 179 15 0 E On Google Maps, Why?

Feb 24, 2012 • 8:43 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Go to 66 16 0 N 179 15 0 E on Google Maps or Bing Maps and you will see a blurred out area. No one knows exactly why that area in Russia is blurred out. It is one of the few blurred out areas on Google Maps.

66 16 0 N 179 15 0 E

A Google Maps user asked why on the Google Maps Help forum, but I doubt we will see a reply.

There is some discussion on this at Unexplained Mysteries Forum but no one knows the full truth. Maybe it is a military base, maybe aliens live there, or maybe it is the RustyBrick headquarters (okay not).

It is interesting to see this, since street views came to Russia this week.

The user asked:

I have been wondering about this for a long time. On ALL of the map sites, this area in Russia is photoshopped or blurred: 66 16 0 N 179 15 0 E. Nobody seems to have any answers and I am going nuts wondering what is being hidden from us all. Can anyone tell me what the significance of this area is and why we aren't allowed to see it?

Anyone know?

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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Nathaniel Bailey

02/24/2012 01:57 pm and search for  66 16 0 N 179 15 0 E, if you zoom out, it just shows green land, so it could quite simple be a bug, maybe! lol 


02/24/2012 02:37 pm

Take a closer look... the spot is overlayed by a photoshop of the area just to the south east.


02/24/2012 05:45 pm

It's a Russian ICBM range.


02/24/2012 06:46 pm

Seems to show up fine on Bing

Public Seminars

02/25/2012 04:17 pm

I've seen some creepy things from Google map!

Bruce Tahoe

02/25/2012 05:21 pm

Would be pretty silly to hid things in civilian data wouldn't it, the military people who have real use for the information, they certainly have clear imagery.


02/27/2012 07:11 am

Try to use yandex or bing map to see what they will show instead.

Scism Internet Marketing

02/28/2012 03:58 pm

This is fairly typical. I'm sure they got some sort of warning from the gov't not to display this section of map. Pretty crazy though. 


03/22/2012 02:34 am

Это русская ракетная база /-It's our (Russian) ICBM range 


09/20/2012 02:01 pm

The Video ( ) that showed this site (66°16'0"n 179°15'0"e) also showed a site in Alaska at 66°9'18.86"n, 141°9'8.43"w. That point was wrong, it was actually at 62°9'18.86"n, 141°9'8.43"w, which is blacked out, not blurred. Both sites are photo shopped on bing. Regardless, the curious thing about these two sites is that if you draw a line between them, that line will be parallel to the long direction of each obscured area, indicative of a link between the two. (note: when drawing the line, be sure to account for the marked curvature of the Earth between the two points)

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