New Google Earth Imagery – March 17

It’s been a little while since the most recent imagery update, but thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Munden’, 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 – 17-March, 6:43pm EST]

  • Bahrain: Entire country
  • Canada: Manitoba (Winnipeg), Quebec (Granby, Farnham) — thanks ‘Lurgee’ and ‘tofu’
  • China: Haining, Shanghai, Qingdao — thanks ‘Munden’ and ‘McMaster_de’
  • Germany: Kappeln, Bad Münstereifel, Wittlich, Kastellaun, Sinzig, Horb am Neckar, Rottenburg am Neckar and others — thanks ‘margin-auto’
  • India: Nagpur — thanks ‘Alok P’
  • Ireland: Various areas — thanks ‘rm’
  • Japan: (pre-earthquake) Himeji, Ishinomaki, Kakuda, Minamisoma, Nashushiobara, Soma, Tokyo, Tsuchiura, Tsukuba, Yokohama — thanks ‘Munden’
  • Poland: Poznan — thanks ‘Paker’
  • Romania: North of Timisoara — thanks ‘Triggerhappy’
  • South Korea: Gunsan — thanks ‘McMaster_de’
  • Ukraine: Kiev — thanks ‘Roman’
  • United Kingdom: Wales (northern half)
  • United States: California (Arcata, Lone Pine, Los Banos, Merced, Williams, Yuba City), Florida (Boca Raton, Gainesville, Ocala, Oxford, Palm Springs, Spring Hill), Georgia (Buchanan, Jefferson, Savannah), Kansas (Lawrence, Manhattan, Wamego), North Carolina (Asheville), Washington (Sequim, Carlsborg), Wyoming (much of Yellowstone Park including Old Faithful) — thanks ‘GT’ and ‘S B’

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. Kyiv

  2. IMAGERY DATES – can anyone explain what GE imagery dates mean? The new imagery date for the northern half of Wales is April 2009, but the deciduous trees in full leaf suggesting a later, summer date for image capture, However, this is not as potentially misleading as the 1 January 2006 date of the imagery replaced where the hedgerows are full of white May (shrub) blossom.
    Is it, for example, simply the date an agreement with a supplier was signed at some point after capture?

  3. Parts of California, too (Arcata, Lone Pine, Los Banos, Merced, Williams, Yuba City)

  4. Granby, Farnham … Canada, QC

  5. margin-auto says:

    Germany: Bad Kreuznach, Alzey, Ingelheim, Bingen

  6. Chris — Great question. I think it’s more likely a bug, as that’s intended to show the imagery the date was taken. I’ll see what I can find out.

  7. New imagery for Asheville, NC, dated 10/20/2010. Caught a political rally in front of City Hall for Rep. Heath Shuler featuring Bill Clinton. Note the black SUVs behind the stage.

  8. Dave Timpe says:

    Nothing new I’ve spotted yet, but I sometimes wonder about the image dates myself. Sometimes an image has one date, then an update happens and the date changes, but the image remains the same. Many of these changes are simply one day earlier, but why does the same image get redated?

  9. About 20 kilometers west of Poznan, Poland

  10. China: Qingdao

  11. Peter Long says:

    Whitehorse Yukon, at last!!

  12. Japan: Himeji

  13. various areas in ireland- bailieborough, dunmanway, templemore, wellingtonbridge, south of skibereen, unionhhall…

  14. Triggerhappy says:

    Some of the images just north of Timisoara, Romania were also updated.

  15. Nagpur, India

  16. I can’t see any updates around Timisoara, Romania. The imagery from northern Timisoara, is from two updates ago.

  17. Canada: Winnipeg (north half of city) plus some outlying areas.

  18. McMaster_de says:

    Alaska – Seldovia

  19. McMaster_de says:

    South Korea – Gunsan

  20. McMaster_de says:

    China – Haining, Shanghai

  21. McMaster_de says:

    China – Haifeng

  22. Scotland: island of Islay (for lovers of fine single malt Scotch)

  23. West of Millau, France. The famous Millau Viaduct has new imagery.

  24. snakeye25 says:

    Bouaké in Ivory Coast also has new 2011 dated imagery.

  25. Found some more small areas in France:
    west of Vendome (around Savigny-sur-Braye) and northwest of Evreux (around Le Neubourg)

  26. Also Stratford London is updated for the 2012 Olympic games….

  27. Australia – NSW: Greater Sydney Area, parts of the Southern Highlands, Lithgow area, Kiama

  28. Looks like the terrain has been updated around Kiama, NSW, Australia.

  29. I just viewed the section for Franklin County, Massachusetts and think it is a bad image. Nearly all of it has thin cloud cover, with some areas nearly obscured. Is there a way to communicate this issue to Google?

  30. McMaster_de says:

    France – A north-south strip from Falaise to Amné

  31. McMaster_de says:

    France – A north-south strip from Falaise to Le Mans

  32. McMaster_de says:

    France – North-South strip from Le Breuil to Migennes

  33. ISLAY Scotland) – @ tofu -lovers of single malt Scotch should not get too carried away as half the island is still covered by default low res imagery unchanged since the launch of GE, and, like the rest of Scotland, improvement of imagery is painfully slow.

  34. @ Chris – yeah, but the south coast distillers are now in hi-res and I can see my fav, Lagavulin clearly now!

  35. railfan990 says:

    There are a couple of large strips of new imagery from August 2010 in Canterbury of New Zealand, featuring Rangiora, Darfield and Rakaia. As per usual, the apparent Christchurch section is currently blocked by the high res 2009 stuff.

  36. Indonesia: West Surabaya, Krian, Tarik, Gresik, Mojokerto..

  37. Norway – Vikesa

  38. Sweden – The surroundings of Stockholm (Arlanda Airport)

  39. Noman Rais says:

    Murree, Pakistan.

  40. Some new imagery from Jena, Germany.

  41. @ tofu – Islay was unusual in having extensive Street View coverage before any high res GE imagery, and I think you can get drive by views of all the Islay (and Jura) distilleries – certainly of Lagavulin. There’s also a great 369 Cities image of the still room at Bruachladdich.

  42. when will you update historical imagery? Also Update imagery for eastern connecticut. Imagery in eastern connecticut are 5 years old!

  43. Please Update historical Imagery! Also Please Update Eastern Connecticut. Imagery there is 5 years old. It was up there too long…

  44. Can someone explain what imagery has changed in Nagpur, India ?

  45. You forgot south Lake County Florida

  46. antdoghalo says:

    You forgot Clermont Florida

  47. Not sure if it came with this update but probably yes: large area in Veneto region (Italy), north of Venice (Treviso included) finally showing the so called “Passante” (new highway stretch bypassing Mestre)

  48. Karachi,Pakistan.
    Imagery is updated.

  49. legolego says:

    Could someone post the .KML file for this update?

  50. @ legolego – you can download the latest imagery update KML from ‘Google Earth Gallery’ (Google that term. the URL is vast), but as I write the latest KML relates to the 23 February update.

  51. @ legolego – a further point – I think if a KML is saved to ‘My Places’ (where it is likely to go anyway) GE then send further updates automatically, whilst previous updates are also saved in ‘My Places’. This is a service which I managed to get, but the explanation in GE Gallery is not entirely clear, and maybe another GEB reader can clarify. Also there appears to be no date in the Gallery for the latest KML.

  52. KML for 17 March update now available (from GE Gallery or automatically in ‘My Places’).
    Shows large number of smaller updates worldwide.

  53. IMAGE QUALITY – had a chance now to look round the new imagery in Europe revealed by the KML. There’s good stuff, but too much of poor quality – false colours, too dark, ‘washed out’, long shadows, extensive clouds – and, in particular, the updates in Ireland result in a disappointing mess.
    It seems that standards are slipping, and, not for the first time, the question must be asked – do GE or their sub-contractors check quality before uploading?

  54. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  55. Trnava,SLOVAKIA.
    Imagery is updated. I’ve got an email notification thanks GOOGLE – Follow Your World.

  56. Alex Pylov says:

    I found new imagery in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine 48° 25’N 35°07’E (images dated 7.19.2010)

  57. The area of Farwell, Michigan is 6 years old, when will it be updated?

  58. The imagery for Northern Iterland is (for the most part) still the dreadful old blurred satellite images that have been there since the beginning. It is scandalous that Google hasn’t (bothered to? been able to?) obtained any up to date aerial images of this part of the United Kingdom.

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