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20 scary things caught on Google Maps (with photos) in 2023

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The popular navigation app Google Maps has revolutionised how humans probe and navigate the world. The platform’s satellite imagery and Street View feature continue to capture more and more of the world’s landscapes and buildings. However, in recent times, Google Maps has uncovered some genuinely eerie and unsettling sights. These strange and often baffling phenomena have fascinated and frightened users worldwide. So, what are other scary things caught on Google Maps in 2023?

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Location pins on a map of the world. Photo: Stephane Noiret
Source: Getty Images

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Scary things caught on Google Maps
    • 1. The ruins of an abandoned ghost town
    • 2. Submerged aeroplane wreckage in the ocean
    • 3. Mysterious crop circle in a field
    • 4. Iraq lake of blood
    • 5. A car submerged in a pond
    • 6. A forest with eerie and twisted trees
    • 7. Desert breath
    • 8. Lips of the desert
    • 9. A strange light formation in the sky
    • 10. An abandoned mental asylum
    • 11. Church of Scientology in New Mexico
    • 12. A most-wanted gangster
    • 13. An abandoned military bunker
    • 14. Pennywise on Google Maps
    • 15. A Ferris wheel with cages
    • 16. Nazca lines
    • 17. Scarecrow people
    • 18. Pigeon people
    • 19. Kazakhstan pentagram
    • 20. life-size dolls in Nagoro, Japan
  • What is the “broken face” on Google Maps?

Undoubtedly, the world has had its fair share of unexplainable phenomena. From the tales and fables of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland to the Indomitable Snowman in Nepala and Tibet. However, most of these tales and legends are just myths with no concrete pieces of evidence. But what if you could access data on eerie and unsettling sights via Google Maps?

Scary things caught on Google Maps

What is the scariest thing you have ever come across? Whatever it is, it certainly cannot beat what Google Maps has uncovered over time. From abandoned ghost towns to mysterious formations, the platform has captured a variety of scary and unexplainable phenomena.

So what are these strange sights seen on Google Maps? Below are some 20 weird pictures and findings from the platform that have attracted worldwide attention.

1. The ruins of an abandoned ghost town

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The ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine. Photo: google.com/maps, @Mykola Omelchenko
Source: UGC

Google Maps has captured numerous images of abandoned cities worldwide. One of the most famous examples is the abandoned town of Pripyat, Ukraine, where city officials evacuated following the Chornobyl disaster.

In 1986, Ukraine became chaotic as a nuclear accident at Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, shocked the world. The town remains frozen in time, with abandoned buildings and streets slowly consumed by nature.

2. Submerged aeroplane wreckage in the ocean

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The alleged submerged aeroplane photo from Google Maps. Photo: google.com/maps
Source: UGC

Google users found this allegedly submerged plane immersed in the ocean floor. The location was just off the coast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, near Colonel Hill Airport. However, various sources have claimed that the image results from composite photos taken over time and reflects an overhead plane.

3. Mysterious crop circle in a field

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Crop circles in a field near Salisbury, UK, 23 July 1990. Photo: Derek Hudson
Source: Getty Images

The crop circles in Amesbury in Salisbury, UK, are among the top mysterious places on Google Maps. Crop circles are a phenomenon in which crops get flattened in intricate patterns, often circular formations. Although some crop circles are proven hoaxes, others remain unexplained.

4. Iraq lake of blood

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A screen grab of Lago Vermelho in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: reddit.com, @Chessen113
Source: UGC

In Iraq’s Sadr City district, there is a blood-red lake. This strange phenomenon has left people wondering what the story behind it is. Scientists attribute the colour to pollution from nearby factories, sewage contamination, and a high concentration of algae in the water.

5. A car submerged in a pond

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The photo of a submerged car was discovered through Google Maps. Photo: @wrd_googleearth on Twitter
Source: UGC

A picture of a submerged car was discovered by Google Earth users in 2007. Surprisingly, the users were said to have solved a 20-year-old cold case mystery about a missing man from Lantana, Florida.

6. A forest with eerie and twisted trees

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The Hoia Baciu Forest in Romania is considered the most haunted forest in the world. Photo: @BadSpit on Twitter
Source: UGC

Some forests worldwide have become famous for their weird and gnarled trees. The Hoia Baciu forest in Romania is one example, with locals claiming that the forest has ghosts. Hoia Baciu forest in Romania is among the famous locations believed to have ghosts on Google Maps.

7. Desert breath

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Desert breath is located in the remote Egyptian desert. Photo: google.com/maps
Source: UGC

Google Maps has captured images of various strange things. For example, this location in Egypt has a giant spiral design known as Desert Breath. The piece of art is located in the remote Egyptian desert not far from the Red Sea.

8. Lips of the desert

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Lips of the desert are located in northern Karima. Photo: google.com/maps
Source: UGC

The hill formation that resembles a lip in Sudan is known as the “Lips of the Desert” or the “Gebel Barkal”. It is located in the northern state of Karima, about 400 kilometres north of the capital Khartoum.

9. A strange light formation in the sky

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The strange light formation was seen in Norway in 2009. Photo: @StormHour on Twitter
Source: UGC

Google Maps has captured images of irregular light shapes in the sky, including a group of lights that formed a perfect circle over Norway in 2009. News outlets later explained the lights were as a Russian missile test.

10. An abandoned mental asylum

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A screenshot of the abandoned mental asylum in Lier, Norway. Photo: google.com/maps
Source: UGC

Many abandoned mental asylums worldwide have become the subject of urban legends and ghost stories. The abandoned asylum in Lier, Norway, is one example, with many associating the building with ghosts and other supernatural phenomena.

11. Church of Scientology in New Mexico

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The Church of Scientology in New Mexico. Photo: google.com/maps
Source: UGC

The Church of Scientology in New Mexico is one of the creepiest places on Google Maps. The church is near Trementina, New Mexico, and has strange ground markings believed to be extraterrestrial cathedrals.

12. A most-wanted gangster

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Mafia boss Gioacchino Gammino outside a restaurant. Photo: @matthewchampion on Twitter
Source: UGC

A 20-year-fugitive mafia boss was apprehended after being identified on Google Maps Street View. Gioacchino Gammino was regarded as one of the most wanted gangsters in Italy. After a police investigation established that the man seen was him, he was finally taken into custody. His face, however, is one of the blurred things in Google Maps because of the high profile case.

13. An abandoned military bunker

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An abandoned bunker in Albania. Photo: google.com/maps, @Big Bunker
Source: UGC

Google Maps has captured images of numerous abandoned military bunkers around the world. One such example is the abandoned bunker in Albania, which their government built during the Cold War and has been left to decay since the fall of communism.

14. Pennywise on Google Maps

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Pennywise peering from the sewer. Photo: Pinterest.com
Source: UGC

The first Pennywise on Google Maps was shared by author Stephen King on Facebook in 2013. The post shows Pennywise looking from a storm drain. In 2022, another Google Street View image recently showed a blood-soaked Pennywise-style horror clown at the entrance to a basement apartment in Montreal, Canada.

15. A Ferris wheel with cages

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A Ferris wheel with cages in Neufmaisons, France. Photo: google.com/maps, @Neufmaisons Grand Est
Source: UGC

This strange Ferris wheel is found in Neufmaisons, France. The image was posted by a Reddit user who found it on Google Maps. The Ferris wheel has cages, leaving you wondering why one must place an enclosure on an amusement ride.

16. Nazca lines

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The giant geoglyphs in the desert of Peru. Photo: google.com/maps, @Nazca Lines View Point, Nazca
Source: UGC

The Nazca Lines are a collection of prehistoric geoglyphs found in southern Peru’s Nazca Desert. Between 500 BCE and 500 CE, the Nazca people produced hundreds of large geoglyphic designs, including geometric shapes, animals, and humanoid figures.

17. Scarecrow people

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The scarecrow people in Suomussalmi, Finland. Photo: google.com/maps, @546 5
Source: UGC

What appears at first to be a large group of people standing still in long rows in a Finnish field is a large collection of scarecrows. The installation, called Silent People, created by artist Reijo Kela and containing nearly 1,000 figures, is what the scarecrow collection is made of.

18. Pigeon people

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The pigeon people in a Japanese street. Photo: google.com/maps, @Tamagawa Aqueduct Greenway
Source: UGC

Pranksters in Japan lined up to pose for this bizarre photo of the Google Street View car as it passed by. Their antics did work, as their image is widely searched online. Regardless of the stunt, the image still makes it one of the scariest ones on the platform.

19. Kazakhstan pentagram

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The Kazakhstan pentagram in Denisov District, Kazakhstan. Photo: google.com/maps
Source: UGC

A large pentagram can be found near Lisakovsk in northern Kazakhstan. While some have associated it with occult activity, the pentagram is the remains of a trails park.

Initially, the park was intended to be a summer camp for Young Pioneers (a Soviet youth organisation). The park deteriorated and was eventually abandoned. The vegetation grew over the paths, forming the shape of a pentagram.

20. life-size dolls in Nagoro, Japan

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Life-sized dolls in Nogoro, Japan. Photo: google.com/maps, @Miyoshi, Tokushima
Source: UGC

Japan’s Nagoro village is well-known for its life-size dolls. Only a few dozen residents are in the town tucked away in one of Shikoku Island’s valleys. Over 350 life-size dolls have been positioned all over the village.

Ayano Tsukimi, a local artist, made the dolls. She produced them to replace her neighbours as they died or left the community.

What is the “broken face” on Google Maps?

It is a broken face of what seems like a sculpture abandoned in a grassland. The image originated from Reddit and is believed to be from the Netherlands. Unfortunately, there aren’t coordinates to prove the artefact’s existence.

Scary things caught on Google Maps include some bizarre and spooky images. These photos are from existing locations and are available on the search engine. However, sometimes these sightings are likely the result of glitches or errors in the image processing tools.

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