New Google Earth Imagery – March 23

There is new imagery starting to appear in Google Earth. Only a few places have been located so far, but there are certainly more out there.

[UPDATE 25-MAR — The “updated areas” KML file is now available. Download it here.]


As is often 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 — 23-March, 8:36pm EST]

  • Agentina: Resistencia, Chaco – Thanks ‘pertile’
  • Antarctica: Various – Thanks ‘Rider’
  • Brazil: Porto Alegre and south of Alegrete, RS – Thanks ‘Rafael’
  • France: Apt, Carpentras, Questembert – Thanks ‘jlb’
  • Norway: Ålesun and Stavanger – Thanks ‘brano’ and ‘Maggern’
  • Romania: Craiova – Thanks ‘twist3’
  • United States: California (Riverside), Florida (Palm Beach County) and Texas (Odessa, Tyler) – Thanks ‘Andreas’ and ‘Andrew’

If you find any other updated areas, please 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. France : Apt, Carpentras, Questembert

  2. A small part of Craiova, Romania now has 2009 Imagery (the sad part is that it has a lot of cloud coverage).

  3. Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina.

  4. Rafael S. says

    I found two new E-W bright green stripes of imagery, one just north of Porto Alegre and another south of Alegrete, RS, Brazil.

  5. Norway: around Ålesun

  6. Norway: Stavanger

  7. Many places in Antarctica seem to have higher resolution than in Google Maps, for example here: 73°35’43.06″S 66°51’52.09″E

  8. Based on screenshots that are only a couple of weeks old that I’m using as the base for screen overlays in my F1 racing collection, kindly featured on the GEB before and coming soon for 2010 as a new Plugin enabled site ;), I now see new imagery at:-
    Shanghai International Circuit &
    The Valencia Street Circuit

  9. Cristobal Jordan says

    Center of Santiago, CHILE
    Viña del Mar, CHILE
    Valparaiso, CHILE
    Shanghai, CHINA

  10. wierd image overlay on Seattle – Portland coast when viewed from 500-700 miles up.
    probably just an image db glitch, temporary.
    screen shot taken in past few minutes.

  11. ixboat – Try restarting Google Earth. It often does that right after imagery updates.

  12. Palm Beach County, FL has new imagery

  13. i think Montbrison Loire France has been upadated

  14. Dali City – Yunnan Province


  16. Leonardo Daniel Leidi says

    West part of Bogotá, Colombia

  17. Yichun City,Jiangxi Province,China

  18. Tariq Mufti says

    Pakistan’s Khushab Nuclear Centre has been updated to Dec 31, 2009.

  19. McMaster_de says

    Dallas, TX – December 5, 2009

  20. dalas is from previous update…

  21. Sri Lankan : Kilinochchi (from the eastern cost to town), Vavuniya (from the eastern cost to western cost)

  22. Please add new imagery to Brisbane, Australia

  23. McMaster_de says

    Quingdao, China – July 22, 2009

  24. Brandon, if you want new Brisbane imagery, go to for very up to date high resolution imagery of Australia! Only downside is the imagery cannot be viewed in Google Earth yet.

  25. Jaro to Leganes and Pavia, on Panay island, Philippines. This update removes quite most cloud cover that was there before, and of course the old one was quite some years old. BUT, it has not been accurate!! All my accurately placed markers (in Google MAPS!) have now moved by perhaps 20-30 meters!!
    Also, I have a question: why can these high-res areas be replaced by other high-res data, while most of the island stays low-res? I assume that the data is available?!?!
    There is some high-res data in mountainous areas, whereas the 2nd and 3rth largest cities here stay low-res.

  26. Update: when I turn on the “Show Labels” (Google Maps), which will show the layer with the streets, you can also see that they no longer match with the actual streets on the satellite photos.

  27. the network link that shows these image updates has just been updated (Thur. AM, PDT)

  28. R. J. Gurung says

    Finally, Google decided to load a few narrow strips of images for Nepal. The images were welcome, but 80% of Nepal (including the Everest and Annapurna regions)are still not covered. That’s surprising, considering the fact that almost 90% of the Indian areas bordering Nepal are covered by fairly good quality images.

  29. More places are being included in Google Earth, but some of the images are still quite old.

  30. I’m still waiting for my house to appear in Google Earth. I finished it 6 months ago, so I think it should appear quite soon now.

  31. It would be great if you could have a ‘live feed’ Google Earth, so you could write a sand message on the beach, and see it live in Google Earth.

  32. It would be great to see Everest in good quality on Google Earth. I went to Everest Base Camp about 10 years ago and would love to see it again on Google Earth.

  33. I think it would be cool to see the Burj Khalifa on Google Earth.

  34. It would be nice if Google Earth could update the images more frequently.

  35. It would be nice if there was 3D images of some famous buildings that all users could zoom in and see.

  36. When are we going to have Google underwater??

  37. I’m surprised that nobody has done any modern day giant art pieces yet for people to look at on Google.

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