New Google Earth Imagery – April 5

It’s been just a few days since the last (minor) update, but it appears that Google has just loaded some more fresh imagery into Google Earth. Thanks to GEB reader ‘ChrisZ’ for spotting it first!
UPDATE: The updated areas KML file is out, and this seems to have been a pretty substantial update. View the file to see it all.
UPDATE #2: Google has finally posted about this update, providing even more detail about it.


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 – 5-April, 3:23pm EST]

  • Canada: Quebec (Lac-Simon) — thanks ‘patrice’
  • China: Beijing and Guangzhou — thanks ‘Cristobal’ and ‘LiuX’
  • New Zealand: Christchurch (new historical imagery)
  • Romania: Constanta — thanks ‘ChrisZ’
  • United States: Georgia (Columbus)

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. new image: Canada, Quebec, Lac Simon

  2. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Guangzhou, China (October 27, 2010)

  3. Falko P. says:

    i want to inform you that Jena, GER, has got an update on the update from March, so that the complete city is now shown up.
    greets from germany

  4. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Chongqing, China (December 8th, 2010)

  5. Beijing CHina

  6. Adare, Ireland

  7. New imagery near the tripoint of Germany-Poland-Czech Republic (Bogatynia, Zittau)

  8. Cristobal Jordan says:
  9. New imagery in Europe continues the recent trend of being of very mixed quality – too many clouds and too much false colour for example – giving the impression of an automated process. Hope GE is not becoming a victim of one of Larry Page’s project reviews.

  10. Sacramento and new high-res terrain in San Mateo County, CA.

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