New Google Earth Imagery – May 27

Google has just released some new imagery for Google Earth, though we don’t know the full extent of the update at this point. Thanks to user ‘hhgygy’ for pointing it out!
[Update, 7-June — The official KML file has been updated.]


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 — 27-May, 9:25pm EST]

  • Chile: Santiago — thanks ‘Tales’ and @tonyBlvd
  • China: Nanjing — thanks ‘Cristobal’
  • Island of Mozambique: And surrounding area — thanks ‘hhgygy’
  • Netherlands: Various areas — thanks ‘Chris’
  • Philippines: Laoag — thanks ‘Dan’
  • United States: Portland, ME and Charlotte, NC and various cities in Tennessee — thanks ‘cristi’ and ‘Robert’
  • Venezula: Paraguana Peninsula — thanks ‘Soyfalconiano’
  • Vietnam: Danang — thanks ‘Stvn’

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. Several rural/midsize municipalities in the Netherlands (Wijhe-Olst, Mill, Andijk, Hoorn, Leidschendam)

  2. Tales Vieira Colman says:

    Region of Santiago in Chile was also updated,
    Hug from Brazil!!

  3. charlotte NC 11apr2010

  4. portland USA june 2008 imagery

  5. portland maine…but I don’t know exactly…the other portland is in WA…

  6. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Nanjing, China

  7. Soyfalconiano says:

    Frank, an update on the northern Paraguana Peninsula, Falcón State Venezuela …

  8. nashville TN 13 apr 2010 imagery

  9. memphis TN 10 apr 2010 imagery….

  10. Cristi, I’m not seeing any updates to Portland Maine. (Or the one in Oregon, not Washington) In both cases the imagery is unchanged and is an exact match for the Google Maps imagery.
    Santiago also has no updates other than perhaps some color balancing.
    I looked at some of the other updates and they’re valid, so it’s not as though Google did an immediate map update.

  11. I noticed earlier in the day that the Nashville, TN are is now April 13, 2010.

  12. The city of Danang, Vietnam

  13. ok Munden…thank’s…

  14. Laoag in The Philippines has been updated

  15. Area Mill en St.Hubert Netherlands (2006)

  16. I have mixed feelings about this update. On the one hand Google is listening by recoloring the Talcahuano/Concepción area that looked too bright before, but it has also recolored Santiago, that while it looked slightly greenish before, now it looks totally washed out. I don’t know what to make of this. I hope the Google team can find some sort of middle ground.

  17. For Sri Lanka, Jaffna District Deflt island, Mullaitivu District Wadduwakkal Area, Trincomalee/Batticaloa District bourder Pannichankerny area, Puttlam distirct close to the town and areas close to Kalpity

  18. Maarten says:

    This new imagery is in Google Maps now. The KML-file seems not yet to be updated.

  19. Maarten – the early May KML and imagery update in Places emerged from Google about a week after GEB readers spotted new imagery, so we may have a few days to wait for this round.
    But were there changes in the layers panel sometime in the last week? I had to re-set my layers when things like Panoramio vanished, then I noticed (newly introduced?) sponsored links in the ‘fly to’ section.

  20. City of Marina di Ragusa, in sicily, Italy was update.
    Thankyou from Italy

  21. It looks like Shanghai was updated, in addition to Nanjing.

  22. Drew – Shanghai was updated about a month earlier, in late April.

  23. KML updated

  24. Maarten says:

    The KML-file has been updated!

  25. Leonardo Daniel Leidi says:

    Where is the KML?

  26. The 26 May imagery update has belatedly just arrived in Places to coincide with the release of the KML and confirms earlier impressions that this was a disappointingly limited update.

  27. i want to see bangladesh

  28. Roel Poly says:

    please update Panay island and Bukidnon in Mindanao

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