It’s been just a few days since the last (minor) update, but it appears that Google has just loaded some more fresh imagery into Google Earth. Thanks to GEB reader ‘ChrisZ’ for spotting it first!
UPDATE: The updated areas KML file is out, and this seems to have been a pretty substantial update. View the file to see it all.
UPDATE #2: Google has finally posted about this update, providing even more detail about it.
As is usually the case, you can use Google Maps to determine for sure whether or not a specific area is fresh. This new imagery isn’t in Google Maps yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what’s new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Earth, but the old imagery is still in Google Maps. If you compare the two side-by-side and they’re not identical, that means that you’ve found a freshly updated area in Google Earth!
[UPDATED – 5-April, 3:23pm EST]
- Canada: Quebec (Lac-Simon) — thanks ‘patrice’
- China: Beijing and Guangzhou — thanks ‘Cristobal’ and ‘LiuX’
- New Zealand: Christchurch (new historical imagery)
- Romania: Constanta — thanks ‘ChrisZ’
- United States: Georgia (Columbus)
If you find any other updated areas, please leave a comment and let us know!