New Google Earth Imagery – May 11

Google has just released new imagery for Google Earth. We don’t know the full extent of the update yet, but we’ve found some of it. Some of the imagery is very fresh — Atlanta’s imagery is from April 9, and Tulsa has imagery from March 29.
[Update, 18-May — The official KML file has been released.]


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 — 11-May, 10:06am EST]

  • Brazil: Parnamirim,Nisia Floresta and Sao Jose do Mipibu — thanks ‘George’
  • England: North Yorkshire — thanks ‘Hefin’
  • Netherlands: Amersfoort — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Romania: Otopeni, Tunari — thanks ‘Cristian’
  • United States: Georgia (Atlanta), Oklahoma (Tulsa) and Texas (Waco) — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Uruguay: Montevideo — thanks ‘enrique’

Also, more of Frank’s kite imagery has arrived, this time at BBQ island. Fly there with this KML and check it out.
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. Cristian G says:

    ROMANIA: Otopeni, Tunari. 1 Apr 2010 imagery

  2. New imagery for Harrogate area in North Yorkshire, England. Dated 24th May, 2009. Very disappointed with the quality due to the bluish purple tint. The green is unnatural. Resolution not that good and most of the area is in shadow!

  3. New Imagery in Brazil: Parnamirim, Nisia Floresta and Sao Jose do Mipibu

  4. Andreas says:

    The netherlands: Amersfoort

  5. Cuiabá and Barra do Bugres, in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

  6. Alang shipbreaking yards – India

  7. The Netherlands: Rhenen

  8. Belgium: Gent aug 2009

  9. Slovenia: Ljubljana, Ptuj

  10. The Netherlands: Area Utrecht high resolution image

  11. Updates in Nagpur, India

  12. Dominus says:

    New medium-resolution background imagery for parts of Indonesia (Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and East Timor.

  13. Soyfalconiano says:

    Frank, in the southeastern part of the Paraguana Peninsula, Falcón, Venezuela, also updated …

  14. URAL(Russia)
    1 and 2. Satellite images of north at 65 kilometers from the city of Tyumen.
    3. Satellite image of the north at 50 kilometers from the city of Tyumen.
    4. Satellite image of the north-west at 20 kilometers from the city of Tyumen.
    5. One shot in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area 10 kilometers east of the Sovietskii and 20 kilometers east of the Yugorsk

  15. Soyfalconiano says:

    Another update also Paraguaná, Venezuela, on the east side of this peninsula

  16. New Orleans, LA, USA updated to March 23, 2010.

  17. Northern Santiago, Chile has fresh GeoEye imagery from December of last year.

  18. Tampa, FL, USA updated to April 5, 2010.

  19. Soyfalconiano says:

    Haa, and also in the southern part of the Paraguana Peninsula, Venezuela.
    Another place that is also updated Maiquetía Area, La Guaira, Caracas in Venezuela, also in the Central Zone of Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela

  20. Soyfalconiano says:

    VENEZUELA: In southern Paraguaná Peninsula has also been updated, as well as in Caracas, La Guaira and Maiquetia especially in the center of Margarita Island, state Nueva Esparta.

  21. Venezuela: Margarita Islang and Cumana

  22. North Yorkshire UK
    Hefin, you are absolutely right about the poor quality of the new images which appear to have been taken around 06.30 to 07.00, hence the very long shadows even in May. But fortunately the new imagery covers only a small rectangle around Harrogate and the vast majority of North Yorkshire is unaffected.
    On the subject of images spoilt by shadows, an update of London is overdue.

  23. Venezuela: Nueva Esparta, Sucre, Vargas, Guarico, Anzoatequi, Portuguesa, Apure, Tachira and Carabobo.

  24. okasbali says:

    Indonesia: Java, Bali and Lombok base imagery (?), portion of Jakarta and Medan

  25. I’m glad to hear there is new imagery being added! I haven’t seen any updates in my area of interest, yet.
    By the way, does anyone know of a way to display detailed information about the date and source of the imagery (ideally, at the placement of the cursor)? Similarly, but slightly different: an option to purposely select from the available sources of imagery?
    I’m familiar with the Clock icon to scroll forward/back in time, and the various source displays at the center-bottom of map display: I’m wishing for a something like a bubble-caption to pop-up on demand, and let me see what is available, and select what to show…

  26. USA: Virginia: Yorktown, Newport news, Portsmouth, Virgina Beach and down to the State line.
    Chile: Constitución, and a large surrounding area.
    Singapore: An updated water tile to the south of Marine Parade.

  27. Chris
    Harrogate area:
    I will just have to live in the shadows then!

  28. India: Southern part of Alang’s shipbreaking beach

  29. Pakistan: Much of Karchi was updated. A section of western Pakistan from Ormara up to Hoshab was updated.

  30. *sigh* Yes, I meant “Karachi” and only caught the typo just was I was hitting ‘Post’.

  31. Maarten says:

    Netherlands – Utrecht: several parts of the province of Utrecht do have new imagery, but not the town of Utrecht itself (pity, it’s my hometown). New imagery for the towns of Amersfoort, Rhenen, Elst, in that province.
    I also found new imagery at Duivendrecht and Ouder-Amstel (south of Amsterdam), at Oegstgeest (west of Leiden) and the area east of Delft.

  32. China
    North of Xiamen City, Fujian Province

  33. USA: New imagery at Penn State–University Park, PA 16802

  34. What’s wrong with Google’s color correcting algorithm? Some cities in Chile like Constitución and Concepción/Talcahuano look okay from a distance but are really hard on the eyes when zooming in at street level. The pavement looks nearly white, which is totally wrong. Santiago, on the other hand, looks great.

  35. i like thet new imagery in Harrogate…the quality is very good and the shadows are interesting!

  36. Leonardo Daniel Leidi says:

    Colombia: Part of Northern of Boyacá and Southern of Santander departments: Barbosa, Vélez, San José de Pare, Bolívar towns.

  37. Cristi – whilst long shadows may hint at the outlines of buildings and objects, they obscure much more than they reveal even when the imagery is good high res, as in Harrogate, and with the arrival of comprehensive Street View in the UK such hints are largely redundant.

  38. ok chris….but there are more cities in the world that has long shadows….some imagery is from late evening…and the shadows are very long like in harrogate…so i think is not a big problem….cloudy imgery is more annoying then long shadows…:D:D

  39. Some imagery dated March 23, 2010 is available for southeast Louisiana as well.

  40. Poltava, Ukraine, from 31 March 2010.

  41. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Where is the KML file with the imagery updates?

  42. South Central Hungary (Lake Balaton Eastern section)

  43. Cristobal, they haven’t yet updated it. Keep in mind that there isn’t a new KML for each update. It’s just a network link now. They’ll update it when the imagery goes live in Google Maps, probably on Friday or early next week.

  44. Sri Lanka western part of Kilinochchi district, Nilaveli beach site of Trincomalee district.

  45. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Thanks Munden. I didn’t know that. I’ll wait for the update of the Google Maps imagery, hope we’ll have soon that update.

  46. Where is the KML file

  47. Middle section of the North-South section of the Danube in Hungary (Dunaújváros area, new motorway, new Danube bridge)

  48. Dunaújváros ….finaly! what they took so long?….but finaly they update this city….:D

  49. Antonio Teixeira says:

    It is taking sometime for the KML file, please Google

  50. KML finaly updated!

  51. This KML is confusing. The whole state of Kansas is marked but when I look at Topeka, Kansas, the imagery date (visible at the lower left) is August 10, 2005.

  52. New Imagery???
    I found a new, unmarked imagery one of these days around Mozambique Island.

  53. This is a great tool because it has more up to-date images that is very helpful when interacting with a client or having them view an area they are interested in. Great Tool!!!!

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