New Google Earth Imagery – June 15

Hot on the heels of the release of Google Earth 5.2 and Google Earth 3.0 for iPhone, Google has just pushed out another imagery update. Thanks to GEB reader ‘Chris’ for letting us know!
[Update, 18-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 — 16-June, 7:52am EST]

  • Netherlands: Various cities — thanks ‘Maarten’ and ‘hhgygy’
  • United States: Orange County and Los Angeles County, CA and most of Washington State — thanks ‘Chris’ and ‘Munden’

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. Several major cities in the Netherlands, part of Amsterdam (south), Groningen, Leeuwarden, Eindhoven and several smaller municipalities.

  2. I found some new areas in the Netherlands:
    – the city of Eindhoven
    – the area around Elburg
    – the area south-east of Utrecht (Houten, Schalwijk)
    – the area south-west of Utrecht (IJsselstein, Benschop, Lopik).

  3. Amsterdam has new imagery dated Jun 22, 2009.

  4. Also Groningen, Holland has new crispy imagery

  5. Good to see more new high res coverage in the Netherlands of excellent quality.
    One curiosity is that there were either 16 identical crane barges on the Eemskanal in Groningen, or one was captured 16 times, indicating the high density of camera tracks needed for the imagery.

  6. Wow, they undid all the color blending in some Chilean cities. What a step back, I don’t get it.

  7. Wow, and they also just added the user photo recently to Google Maps. It really threw me when I was using Google Maps to look for updated imagery in various places like Russian Navy bases and seeing the Pegman active!

  8. USA:
    Bremerton, WA

  9. Actually, a lot more of Washington State got updated. I’d say basically the whole State was updated except for certain very high resolution areas like Seattle. However, even places as close as Boeing Field got updated.

  10. The new los angeles imagery is surprisingly old. Google maps has 3+ year old imagery, and earth has what appears to be early 2009.

  11. Netherlands: Hilversum is also updated (imagery is from Sep 25, 2007)

  12. I’ve only had a few minutes to play around with it so far on the iPad. I don’t know why it took so long to come up with iPad support. the pixel doubler was worthless. I really wish they would just add the GE functionality to the maps application.

  13. Google Maps now has the imagery.

  14. JAMES FRIESEN says

    Phoenix Arizona looks fresh to me

  15. Ramesh Patil says

    In India, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai updated Nov 2009 – quite recent compared to some other places

  16. North Shropshire in the UK updated.

  17. The network link is udpated with the new imagery boundaries.

  18. The official blog post mentions many countries that also got high res satellite updates, but in the KML there are no red polygons to show this. I was interested in The Philippines update but nothing in the KML shows this.
    Very strange.

  19. Craig, the official blog post lists countries that received updates both on May 26th and June 15th. So nothing strange about it. Just check the previous update in the released KML.

  20. Whats up with Google – the image quality of Los Angeles is very bad now !

  21. Arthur Sidrow says

    I’d just like to say as an observation that earlier versions of the application allowed closer-up views in better detail than the current version. AS a yardstick I;m using the views of Waheap campground Lake Powell. Here I could zoom down to almost on top of them. Today, if I try to do that the clarity is no longer there. You would have to stay at a much higher altitude to see a crisp image. Can this be because the application has more features and its a question of memory ? I don;t know, I;m not a computer guru.

  22. We look forward to fresh imagery for Eindhoven in Google Maps.

  23. We request for fresh imagery in google earth for Arun Valley near mount Makalu -8462 meters (the fifth highest peak around the world)coverage area Shankhuwa Sabha & Bhojpur district in Nepal

  24. hi could someone tell me the best google earth to put on my computer, looking for one best one with cameras for close shots, thank you,

  25. Edward — There is no “best” Google Earth; there is only one program. You can always get the latest version from here:

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