Google Maps student discovers mysterious “hole in the center of the Earth”
Rory Chapman, 12, from Wallasey, Merseyside, spotted a strange place in Wirral on Google Maps and was left speechless by what he found during an online search
Image: Echo of Liverpool)
A schoolboy got a big surprise while browsing Google Maps – a huge “hole in the center of the earth”.
Rory Chapman was planning a walk with his family on Hilbre Island in West Kirby, Merseyside, and discovered an “intriguing” place name.
Scanning the site for a satellite view, the 12-year-old didn’t expect to make the bizarre discovery.
While flying over the coast, he noticed a tourist icon on Middle Eye with the headline “intriguing”, reports The Liverpool Echo.
Rory told the post: “I looked at Hilbre Island on the map with my mom when we did geography on lockdown so I knew where it was.
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“I had never noticed it before and when I saw it I was like ‘wait, what? Did they dig a huge hole on one of the islands?
“Did they dig up one of the Hilbre Islands?” “
Baffled, he asked his father, Sean, 36, who was also intrigued by the appearance of the label.
People on Facebook also had no idea what the tagging might be, and it has since been removed.
Another said: “Either way, it was deleted.”
A third added: “Maybe there is a hole in the center of the earth over there. Be careful.”
The Hilbre Islands are a unique collection of islands which are a local nature reserve in an estuary which is a site of special scientific interest.
Many come out and explore the uninhabited land and hope to spot a seal or two that frequent the waters off the coast of Wirral.
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