Student studying Google Maps finds mysterious ‘hole to the centre of the Earth’

A schoolboy got a big surprise when browsing Google Maps – a huge ‘hole to the centre of the Earth’.

Rory Chapman was planning a walk with his family at Hilbre Island in West Kirby, Merseyside, and discovered an “intriguing” place name.

When browsing the site for a satellite view, the 12-year-old was not expecting to make the bizarre discovery.

While hovering over the coastline he noticed a tourist icon on Middle Eye with the “intriguing” title.

Rory told the publication: “I have looked at Hilbre Island on the map with my mum when we did geography in lockdown so I knew where it was.

“I have never noticed it before and when I saw it I thought ‘wait, what? Did they dig a huge hole on one of the islands?

“Have they dug out one of the Hilbre Islands?'”

Baffled, he asked his dad, Sean, 36, who was equally puzzled by the appearance of the label.

People on Facebook also had no clue as to what the marking could be, and it has since been removed.

Another said: “Whatever was it’s been removed.”

A third added: “Maybe there’s a hole to the centre of the earth there. Be careful.”

The Hilbre Islands are a unique set of islands that are a local nature reserve within an estuary that is a site of special scientific interest.

Many walk out and explore the uninhabited land and hope to spot a seal or two who frequent the waters off the coast of Wirral.