Google Maps Street View muzzes out huge nuclear site with tragic history – why is this?

Google Maps pictures often unearth sights and locations that ordinarily might have been unheard of, a secret solely kept by those who live nearby or work at the establishments. Yet the company’s Street View images serve to bring such places to public view. This was particularly the case with a now-abandoned nuclear site in France. Yet now, while Google Maps viewers might now know of the Marcoule Nuclear Site, they are unable to see it in its entirety.

Google Maps scenes show the huge industrial site bordering Le Rhone river, in the Chusclan and Codolet communes, near Bagnols-sur-Cèze.

Tourists may well know the location, as it is nestled in the wine and agricultural Côtes-du-Rhône region.

The site, which was opened in 1955 and decommissioned in 1984, takes up a vast space along surrounding green fields and a host of other industrial buildings, including a recycling plant.

Viewers can see how much square footage the site takes up but the specifics – such as individual buildings, machinery and structures – have all been blurred.

Property owners can opt for their buildings to be muzzed out, so it is possible the French government requested this.

Despite all activity being suspended at the site in the Eighties, it came under the radar recently.

On September 12, 2011 an explosion was sparked by a fire near a furnace in the radioactive waste storage site.

Tragically, one person died and four others were seriously injured.

Site owner national electricity provider EDF, said to the BBC it had been “an industrial accident, not a nuclear accident.”

Meanwhile, in a Google Maps location story perhaps more will be familiar with, the exact coordinates of the resting place of ill-fated cruise liner, the Titanic, have been revealed.

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, in 1912.

It was the White Star Line ship’s maiden voyage.

More than 1,500 passengers lost their lives, during what is the seventh largest maritime disaster in history.

The Google cameras have pinpointed the remains at coordinates 41.7325° N, 49.9469° W.

For those looking at the scenes, the wreckage can be seen south of the island of Newfoundland.


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