New Google Earth Imagery – April 6

Google has just released some new imagery for Google Earth. We’ve only been able to verify a few locations so far, but plenty more is certainly out there.

San Angelo

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 — 6-April, 5:21pm EST]

  • Brazil: Various areas, including Encantado and Nova Petrópolis — thanks ‘Rafael’
  • Chad: Northern parts of the country — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • China: Most of Liaoning Province and south of Shanghai — thanks ‘Zdk’ and ‘Munden’
  • Japan: Various spot imagery — thanks ‘Thilo’
  • New Caledonia: Noumea — thanks ‘Valentin’
  • Russia: Moscow — thanks ‘Rider’
  • United States: Georgia (Southeast areas of the state), Idaho (Bovill, Potlatch), Minnesota (St. Cloud), Texas (San Angelo) — thanks ‘davidz’, ‘Cameron’ and ‘Jody’
  • Vietnam: Kep — thanks ‘Snakeye’

In addition, ‘Patrick’ has noticed that all of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Stadiums have new imagery, though it often doesn’t extend very far into the surrounding city.
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.


  1. Valentin says:

    Reunion island
    Noumea New Caledonia

  2. Rafael S. says:

    Found a new E-W Geoeye strip ranging from Encantado (NW corner) to Nova Petrópolis (SE corner), both in RS, Brasil.

  3. Andreas says:

    northern Chad have 2.5m imagery now

  4. Spot imagery for Japan

  5. China:
    Most of Liaoning Province

  6. Patrick says:

    All FIFA 2010 World Cup venues are updated with high res images. Altough not the complete cities only the stadiums and surroundings.

  7. Spot imagery for parts of northern China (Gansu province, Inner Mongolia)

  8. Potlatch, ID, Bovill, ID (and presumably nearby areas)

  9. joao dias says:

    I’m still waiting for the new imagery for Stratford CT since SEPTEMBER 2009! =[

  10. Snakeye says:

    The Kép area in Vietnam also has new Nov 2009 dated GeoEye imagery.

  11. OSX BUG?
    GE 5.1 went ‘black’ on my Mac at the time of the last automatic imagery update, apparently due to a bug in the update process. I got round this by uninstalling GE 5.1 and re-installing GE 5.0 with update off, Does anyone know whether this really is/was a bug, and if so has it been fixed?

  12. Moscow, Russia.
    Nothern part of Chad, Africa got spot imagery.

  13. Japan: Base imagery now from Spot, so it’s 2m instead of the 15m Landsat resolution. Technically that makes them 100% covered now.

  14. China: South of Shanghai — There’s some new imagery from 2009 running east/west.

  15. Cameron says:

    St. Cloud and surrounding area of Minnesota

  16. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Suzhou, China
    Nanjing, China

  17. Cebu City, Philippines – look at the CSCR (Cebu South Coastal Road) Tunnel !

  18. Shanghai Expo site

  19. RE; OS X bug
    I got the same thing. I found clearing the GE cache did the trick, some reported going back to 5.0 and then forward to 5.1 worked for them, maybe that had the sideeffect of dropping the cache

  20. scott s. says:

    Russia: Kunashir Island (partial) Southern Kuriles (significant cloud cover, though).

  21. Antonio Teixeira says:

    New image of most of the Moatize Coal Project area in Mozambique

  22. Area east and northeast of Prizren, Kosovo (Nov 23, 2009).

  23. Mount Shasta, CA

  24. China – Northern part

  25. Tim Brastow says:

    Looks like nearly the entire state of New Hampshire was updated with fresh new imagery (7/5/2009). Much of the area was using imagery from 3-8 years ago.

  26. Germán Sáenz says:

    I’m still waiting for the new imagery for Manizales, Colombia since SEPTEMBER 2009!

  27. What is with germany? In the southwest are
    pictures from 2000! Don’t google support germany?

  28. Has Google not updated the ‘new imagery’ link yet?

  29. Yes, Zach, the imagery link is udpated with the markers for the newest imagery.

  30. In Croatia, new images of Dubrovnik.

  31. Kml with updates is fixed (and showing 7th April).

  32. Tim Brastow says:

    I viewed that KML file and why does it have many states outlined? Google Earth surely didn’t update that many states…

  33. al castillo says:

    I am still waiting for imagery updates to El Barretal Tamaulipas, Mexico since 2006! The surrounding areas have been updated so why not this one?

  34. I viewed that KML file and why does it have many states outlined? Google Earth surely didn’t update that many states…

  35. I see 2009 “USDA Farm Service Agency” imagery for those states, so I guess they did update imagery for all those states. Sometimes I see older data though, maybe the USDA updates are only for the medium resolution areas.

  36. BUG FIXED (hopefully)
    I posted on 6 April about a query OSX bug blacking out GE 5.1. In case any other readers are still having problems, I have now successfully re-installed 5.1 from the advanced download site with automatic update turned OFF as the first step.
    It’s nice to have Panoramio working properly again (an unfixed bug in 5.0 for OSX?), and lo and behold the 7 April imagery update is sitting there in my places! Although it seems nothing much in Europe this time. Google really do work in mysterious ways.

  37. Tomdubbs says:

    I think the south-east end of Cornwall in England has been done too. Though there seems to be a glitch that shows some random misplaced imagery (across land and sea) when zoomed out above the updated area.

  38. Not a question about new magery , but of existig iagery suddenly going into BLACKOUT MODE over large areas in normal 3D Terrain view mode. My hometown of Cody Wyoming USA and much of the surrounding Big Horn Basin will turn solid black if viewed below an Eye Altitude of approx. 9,000 feet. The imagery is fine above that altitude. Just started doing this. Doesn’t matter what computer, internet, or graphics card is used, so it’s definitely something in the data

  39. Dewd — You’re absolutely right. I’ve notified Google about the bug, so hopefully they’ll resolve it soon.

  40. Peter Dalziel says:

    This may be old news but the Google Earth updates include some regions around Lat 45, Lon -78, just south of Algonquin Park. Resolution seems to have gone up by a factor of about 10 and is now able to resolve houses and road and vehicle details. These updates are also in Google Earth. A very welcome relief for those of us with cottages in the area.

  41. @Mickey what kind of bug man?

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