New Google Earth Imagery – January 23

It’s been over a month since the past update, but thanks to some sharp-eyed GEB readers (‘Andreas’ and ‘r m’), we’re now aware that Google has just pushed out a new update!


As is usually 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-January, 5:08pm EST]

  • Canada: Manitoba and northwestern Ontario — thanks ‘Steven’
  • China: Takla-Makan desert and Tibet — thanks ‘Neutravo’
  • England: Various areas — thanks ‘Steven’
  • Ireland: Ballycotton, Castlebar, Kinsale — thanks ‘r m’
  • Norway: Maloy — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Scotland: Various areas in the southwest area of the country — thanks ‘Dunk’
  • Spain: Catalonia and Zaragoza — thanks ‘Nacho’ and ‘Neutravo’
  • Ukraine: Pervomaisk and Sevastopol — thanks ‘Sean’
  • United States: Florida (Lakeland, Sarasota), Georgia (Macon, Augusta), Illinois (Champaign), Missouri (Branson and Springfield) and Ohio (Toledo) — thanks ‘Kevin’ 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. Some places from Zaragoza, Spain are updated (at last!) too.

  2. Pervomaisk and Sevastopol, Ukraine.

  3. Various areas in SW Scotland, around Kirkudbright, Gatehouse Of Fleet, and Stranraer

  4. There is new imagery in the Gobi Desert of China, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, east of Hunstanton in England, north of Blackpool in England, Holyhead Island in Wales, and Belmullet in Ireland.

  5. I mean the Taklamakan Desert, not the Gobi Desert.

  6. Spain: Catalonia (updated imagery).
    China: some areas with SpotImage coverage (Takla-Makan desert and Tibet).
    Canada: SoptImage coverage.

  7. UK: Choseley, Fleetwood, Greenock
    USA: Florida: Melbourne, Cape Canaveral

  8. USA – Missouri: Branson and Springfield

  9. USA: Illinois: Champaign

  10. New imagery in the Toledo,OH area.

  11. libertybell7 says

    Spain: Zamora

  12. UK What are GE doing? New imagery of Fleetwood, Holyhead, part of Islay and Jura, and elsewhere is way worse than what it replaces – dark, less clear, and part obscured by clouds. Use of historic slider highly recommended if you go to these places. GE please drop this inferior stuff.

  13. SCOTLAND There are what appear to be more patches of the new dark and cloudy imagery in the OUter Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland, and a very bad example in NW Skye.
    Some of this replaces very low res imagery unchanged since the launch of GE, but most replaces better imagery. The net effect is a degrading of coverage in a country still lacking complete coverage at a reasonable res – very disappointing.

  14. Sneak preview: The update includes a very small patch of very high resolution kite aerial imagery (taken by me) on a little island forming part of the atoll Tikehau in French Polynesia. Coords: -15.10166 -148.2513

  15. Alec Ferretti says

    Chortkiv Ukraine has new imagery as well.

  16. GE has really became outdated in terms of imagery to the point of becoming almost obsolete. I can appreciate the work it takes and perfect conditions that it requires (satellite position, weather, etc. I read the older post that updates require) to update imagery but most imagery remains from 2004 around most of the globe. I would think in a span of 7 years or so more could be updated than the random few major cities. At this point it should be renamed Google Cities because it has almost no relevance to Earth anymore. Just my two cents.

  17. USA: Louisiana: Shreveport

  18. USA: Tennessee: Knoxville

  19. USA: Lousiana: Lafayette
    I keep thinking I’m done, and then find yet another update!

  20. I just noticed that the imagery from the Ft. Worth, TX area went back from 12/2009 to 10/2007, with the new Cowboys Football Stadium still under construction.

  21. cachalgura says

    I noticed that also some parts of Ourense, Galicia (Spain) was updated

  22. New imagery in central part of Serbia (Čačak municipality, from April 2010). Good quality.

  23. New imagery in Serbia: Pristina city and the neighbourhood.

    Do GE check the quality of new imagery before they load it, and, if so, do they care any more?
    GE seem to be losing sight of the basic objective of getting good imagery, not necessarily bang up to date. as the foundation for the all the more technically advanced things.
    Also, if they want to make money from GE/Maps, say, by linking maps and satellite images to properties on sale, the last thing the real estate agent wants to find is a property under a blanket of cloud, as it would be in many places in the updated imagery around Fleetwood in the UK.

  25. new imagery west of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  26. New imagery of 2010 North of the Tuscany, Italy

  27. Romania.
    Targu Mures area big imagery update (22.07.2010 and 12.04.2010 images) almost 50% of Mures District (top left: Sarmasu; top right: Jabenita; bottom right: Bezid; bottom left: Giulus).

  28. Grand Rapids, MI has reverted to 2003 imagery, but at least it got rid of the murky 2005 landscape that must have been taken on a foggy day. The 2005 imagery is still in the history slider.

  29. Egypt: Alexandria

  30. Prishtina, Kosovo (8/19/2010).

  31. Hungary, Miskolc

  32. My company Greenland Survey Asiaq has also released our latest aerial imagery (summer 2009) at GE of the major towns of Greenland:
    – Ilulissat including part of the Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier (69.2 N 51.1W)
    – Sisimiut, prev. Holsteinsborg (66.94N 53.57W)
    – Nuuk, prev. Godthaab (64.18N, 51,72W)
    – Paamiut, prev. Frederikshaab (61.99N 49,66W)
    – Qaqortoq, prev. Julianehaab (60.72N 46.04W)

  33. Lithuania: a few spots

  34. Eastern Crete, south of Sitia. We’ve been under a cloud in a 2002 image for years (in an area with 330 days sunshine a year). Just updated to June 2010 image, no cloud but the image quality is disappointing. As in previous post above, do Google care about quality any more? Image carries a new copyright name I haven’t seen before, Basarsoft.

  35. Leonardo Daniel Leidi says

    Pallavicino, Cantalupo Ligure, Piamonte, Italy

  36. THE FUTURE? there have been suggestions in the media that Google is losing its way after Facebook became top website in terms of use, and that “friends'” recommendations are becoming more popular than web searches and listings.
    With the news that Google is to “retire” the ‘property for sale’ layer on Maps, and with other possible indications of diminished commitment to geographical products, do GEB readers have concerns about the future for GE?

  37. They’ve added imagery of the Houston, TX area from 1944 and 1965.

  38. WTF is that white thing in new imagery of florida?snow?or what?

  39. New image also at Tapolca, Hungary ( 46°51’58.02″N, 17°26’59.93″E )

  40. The Ft. Worth imagery is back to 12/2009 with a great new 3D model of Cowboys Stadium for the Super Bowl!

  41. Italy – Metropolitan area of Sassari (Sardinia)

  42. Recently there has also been updates over Estonia, some regions that had 2 years old winter images are now new from last summer

  43. Central Massachusetts has imagery from September 2010, looks like it came with this update.

  44. In Poland, there is a 13.5 by 10.25 square mile rectangle which includes some parts of powiats Brzozowski,Krosnienski,and Sanocki.

  45. El Franco says

    Quetzaltenango city, Guatemala

  46. surabaya city, indonesia

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