New Google Earth Imagery – February 23

It seems that Google has just pushed out some fresh imagery for Google Earth. We’ve only found a little bit of it so far, but there’s certainly more out there.
[UPDATE 24-FEB — The “updated areas” KML file is now available. Download it here.]

Saint Petersburg, Russia

As always, 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 — 23-Feb, 8:05pm EST]

  • Argentina: Just west of Buenos Aires (thanks ‘Leonardo’) and San Rafael, Mendoza (thanks ‘carlos’)
  • Brazil: Tubarão and Laguna (thanks ‘Tiago’)
  • China: Parts of Hainan Island (thanks ‘Munden’)
  • Croatia: Zadar (thanks ‘Nono’)
  • France: Grenoble (thanks ‘yves’)
  • Indonesia: Western part of Bali, among others (thanks ‘okasbali’)
  • Japan: Sasebo (thanks ‘Munden’)
  • Poland: Warsaw (thanks ‘Kaczor’)
  • Romania: Galati (thanks ‘Cristian’)
  • Russia: North and northeast of Saint Petersburg (thanks ‘Rider’)
  • United States: California (near Bakersfield – thanks ‘GT’), Texas (Austin – thanks ‘Steven’) and along the gulf coast (thanks ‘Munden’)

As I said, there are likely many other areas with recent updates. If you find any, leave a comment and let us know!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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  1. OMG – my cabin in Canada is finally visible. Looks like all of the area north of Peterborough, ON has been updated to high res (now dated 2010), including the Kawatha Signature Park.

  2. Zadar, Croatia

  3. Cristian G says:

    Romania: Galati (Apr 30, 2009 image)

  4. carlos Simonovich says:

    San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina updated Jan 11, 2010 image

  5. Tandil, Argentina

  6. Poland: Warsaw

  7. Corrientes City, Corrientes Province, Argentina.

  8. The San Joaquin Valley portion of Kern County, CA, has updated imagery from this past October.

  9. Indonesia: Western part of Bali, Semarang (bad quality because clouds) & Serang Banten (cloudy iamgery too)
    (Aremania-Jakmania One Heart)

  10. The cities of Tubarão and Laguna – Santa Catarina state – in South Brazil, were updated with mid 2009 images!

  11. China: Hainan Island got two strips of GeoEye imagery on the NE part of the island including Wengchang and north.

  12. Japan: Sasebo

  13. USA: Gulf Coast from just west of Mobile AL to just east of Pensacola, FL

  14. New imagery:Grenoble France

  15. Texas: Austin (updated with November 2009 imagery)

  16. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

  17. I’ve noticed some parts of Ukraine (yet dated by 2009 but just added to Earth)
    – Chernivtsi city and region’s western part
    – Kiev (Kyiv) – two imaginery updates, one for left eastern part (left bank of the river), more fresh one for the remaining western side. So now, Kiev is covered entirely with fresh images

  18. Shkodra, largest city in Northern Albania (Apr 15, 2009).
    Area between Skopje and Tetovo in Macedonia (Sep 24, 2009).

  19. Gjakova, Kosovo (Nov 18, 2009).

  20. Vozrozhdeniya Island,Kazakhstan .

  21. The BBC is reporting new imagery of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. See However, it is also visible in Google Maps. Cheers, Reggie

  22. São Tomé Island capital (with the same name) and surroundings updated. Nice green colours.

  23. Tianjin city of China updated.

  24. New Caledonia: Noumea

  25. Reggie — I saw that story too, but the imagery seems to be the same imagery that’s been there for years. Maybe the BBC just “discovered” it? Not sure what’s up with that story…

  26. UK new imagery – Orkney Islands

  27. Georgia – Gudauta

  28. Palagruza Island, Croatia
    KML is out

  29. Marin County, CA, now has high-quality terrain.

  30. Gudauta is not Georgia, sorry.

  31. The network link has been changed to show this most recent imagery update.

  32. Latest imagery 24 February installed automatically in places within the last 12 hours.
    Very little new to see in Europe, though there may be some re-colouring. But there are two areas of very poor, dark new 2009 imagery in Skye and South Uist Scotland, with similar in Ireland. Why do Google do this? Switch to history if you actually want to see these places.

  33. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Wuhan, China

  34. New imagery in many parts of RIO DE JANEIRO. Images from May 23rd to September 1st

  35. I’m disappointed with the some Indonesia updated imagery. It’s either has clouds ubiquitiously or weird colors

  36. China:
    Harbin – Heilongjiang Province
    Shenyang,Dalian – Liaoning Province
    Ji’nan,Jining,Zaozhuang,Qufu – Shandong Province
    Hefei – Anhui Province
    Wuxi,Suzhou – Jiansu Province
    Jinshan – Shanghai
    Hangzhou,S. of Dancheng,Dongtou Islangs, – Zhejiang Province
    Xiapu,Longyan – Fujian Province
    Chaozhou,Jieyang,Dongguan Shenzheng,Leizhou – Guangdong Province
    Wenchang,Bo’ao,Dongfang,Sanya,Jiusuo,N. of Hainan Province – Hainan Province
    Kunming – Yunnan Province
    S. of Guiyang – Guizhou Province
    N. of Chongqing City
    Xi’an,Yan’an,Yulin – Shannxi Province
    Some Islands in South China Sea

  37. Sumit Bajoria says:

    They have updated the imagery for Shillong, Meghalaya in India. I am so happy for this one. The earlier imagery had clouds over some parts of the city. Now everything is clear of the cloud cover.

  38. Manoharan says:

    Empty quarter in UAE area to be updated

  39. M. Saleem says:

    Please update the area of Haripur, Pakistan. Update the new imagenery of Haripur. Thanks

  40. Howard J Smith says:

    2010 England images available eg Norfolk, Lancashire, what happened? Must have been a bad day, brown tint, poor definition, come on Google, you can do better than this! Other ares of UK also affected.

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