Google Maps teams track and capture images of all corners of the globe, from land and air. Street View and Google Earth cameras are mounted on flying devices or on road vehicles to take pictures of everyday life on earth. While they often snap passers-by and random street scenes, in the process, Google Maps can also dig up some shocking finds. One trip that was perhaps more memorable than most saw the cameras capture what appeared to be buildings in America designed to form a swastika shape.
The Google Maps team had ventured to San Diego, taking to the skies for their images.
They pinpointed the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego, which was created in 1967.
Yet the four unconnected buildings on the military site formed an unfortunate shape when viewed from above, this being a swastika.
The swastika is a geometrical figure and an ancient religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia, used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions.
It was in use in many different cultures for at least 5,000 years before Adolf Hitler made it the centrepiece of the Nazi flag, something for which it is now more commonly known.
After the images became public, the US Navy said it was spending more than $600,000 to mask the shape.
A spokesperson said: ”We don’t want to be associated with something as symbolic and hateful as a swastika.”
According to the Telegraph, this includes camouflage landscaping and changes to the walkways of the set of buildings.
They made their comments in 2007, as they claimed the barracks makeover would cost the equivalent of £350,000.
Morris Casuto, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said at the time: “The Navy came to realise that this is a symbol that thousands of people died to defeat and it was inappropriate to have that shape on a military base.
“We didn’t presume there was any evil intent.
“We understood this was not the number one priority of a nation at war. The navy decided it was the right thing to do.”
Meanwhile, the exact location of the ill-fated Titanic cruise liner has been tracked, shortly ahead of the 107th anniversary of it’s sinking.
Coordinates showing the exact location of the Titanic have come to light, ahead of the anniversary of the White Star Line’s cruise ship disaster in 1912.
History lovers are guaranteed to be interested in taking a look at the vessel’s final resting place. The Titanic sunk after colliding with an iceberg on her route from Southampton to New York.