Jura reinstated back onto Google Maps

The sound of Jura. Picture: submitted
The sound of Jura. Picture: submitted
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THE ISLE of Jura has been reinstated on Google maps after vanishing due to a technical glitch last month.

Residents of the Inner Hebrides island first spotted the error on July 4 and soon contacted to Google for an explanation.

Picture: Google

Picture: Google

A Google spokeswoman apologised for the error and assured islanders that their engineers were working on the issue.

Jura was put back on the map at some point in the last seven days.

An expert in online maps has said the issue of Jura may point to a structural problem with Google’s map features.

The missing island even prompted Scotland Secretary for Education Mike Russell to voice his opinion on the issue, branding Google’s response “disappointing.”

Grant Rozga, who works at the Jura distillery joked: “Well now I guess life can return to normal and people will finally be able to return their homes.

“Our relationship with Google is once again strong.

“It was just a wee bit annoying but I’m glad they’ve finally got us back on the map.

“We will be keeping an eye on them in the future though!”

Mike Dobson, former chief map-maker for US textbook firm Rand McNally, has said the level of detail used in Google maps can make solving problems difficult.

He told an American magazine keeping track of changes in online maps was difficult: “You have a big database system that tracks all these identities.

“Keeping order in that system can sometimes be difficult.”

Jura, in the Inner Hebrides, measures 31 miles long and with its highest point at 785 metres.

It was where author George Orwell penned 1984 – having narrowly survived an encounter with the notorious Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Jura is not the first island to have disappeared from Google maps.

In 2010, two French islands off the coast of Newfoundland completely disappeared.