The imagery update a few days ago was more than just Japan

A couple of days ago, we told you about some fresh imagery from Japan that Google had added to the base layer of Google Earth. At the time we assumed that the Japanese updates were the extent of it, but thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Munden’ (and confirmation from the updated KML file), it turns out there was a bit more.
It wasn’t a major update, but there is also new imagery in parts of Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ireland, New Zealand, Paraguay, Spain and Tanzania. It was the New Zealand imagery that caught Munden’s eye, as the update captured construction on the set of the upcoming movie “The Hobbit“. Details on that can be found over at Google Earth Hacks.


To see all of the areas that were updated, just grab the updated areas KML file and look for the red outlines.

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. The update will have now arrived automatically in readers’ My PLaces, confirming its limited extent.
    New coverage in Ireland seems a small step in the right direction from the chaotic position after the March update, but there are clouds where there were none before, and patches of dark imagery (though not as dark as the new strip in NZ which could have been taken at dusk), and GE still seem to have no coherent approach in Ireland.

  2. There is an update near Constanta, Romania, where a new interchange is seen U/C in Google Earth, but not yet in Google Maps. However, it is not in the imagery update KML… Another update round?

  3. ChrisZ — Very interesting. Where, exactly? I’ve looked around Constanta a bit and can’t find anything new…

  4. @ Mickey: 44°8’42.43″N, 28°33’28.39″E
    I had to restart Google to see it, clearing cache didn’t work.

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