New Google Earth Imagery – August 13

Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Andreas’, it seems that Google has just pushed out a fresh imagery update. The full extent of the update is still unknown, but it appears to be quite sizable.


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 – 13-August, 1:52pm EST]

  • China: Beijing, Shenzhen — thanks ‘drone’ and ‘hongxz’
  • Ethiopia: Gode — thanks ‘Snakeye’
  • United States: Arizona (Buckeye, Camp Verde, Casa Grande), California (Bakersfield, Coalinga, Huron, Sacramento, Visalia), Illinois (Harrisburg), Iowa (Des Moines, Sioux City), Missouri (Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin), Nebraska (Lincoln, Omaha), New Mexico (Carlsbad, Farmington), New York (Rochester), Ohio (Dayton), Oklahoma (Tulsa), Texas (Abilene, Big Spring, Dalhart, Junction, Monahams) — thanks ‘Alex’, ‘Andreas’, ‘Munden’ and ‘Steven’

As ‘Munden’ points out in the comments, the imagery from the tornado that struck Joplin, MO is stunning:


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. Turkey: Northern Istambul, Büyükkiliči.
    Imagery date: 5/17/2011

  2. USA:
    Bakersfield, CA
    Huron, CA
    Jefferson City, MO

  3. USA:
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Omaha, Nebraska

  4. Joplin, MO (just look at the damage track from the tornado)

  5. China: Shenzhen

  6. Gode in Ethiopia has new 2010 imagery.

  7. California: Visalia, Coalinga, and Sacramento
    Arizona: Camp Verde, Large sections east and southwest of Tucson
    Texas: Monahams, Abilene, Junction
    Oklahoma: Tulsa
    Missouri: Columbia
    Illinois: Harrisburg
    Ohio: Dayton

  8. Rochester, NY

  9. Beijing,China

  10. VA from Sweden 😉
    Greetz from Crete

  11. David Scott says:

    Orkney Islands (Northern Scotland)
    At last! :o)

  12. The Shetland Isles to the north of Scotland also have updates – including the island of Unst, the most northerly part of the UK, and the small island of Foula, the most remote inhabited place in the UK – and good to see these at last. But the dark and cloudy imagery around Lerwick, ‘capital’ of the Shetlands, is now inexplicably poorer.

  13. Lincoln, Nebraska

  14. Pejë, Deçan, Junik in Kosovo (10/30/3010).

  15. ^^
    2010 :))

  16. Googleearthfan says:

    When will the Historical Imagery and KML Be updated Also Add HISTORICAL IMAGERY FOR CONNECTICUT. ON YAHOO MAPS THERE IS Imagery OF CENTRAL CT FROM 2004! i think that image should be on google earth

  17. You should update imagery EVERY DAY

  18. Tom Lynch says:

    I am always appreciative of new imagery to peruse. That said, I’m eagerly awaiting a massive update for Ireland.

  19. Looking nice updates.

  20. It looks like just about every major urban area in the US has updated imagery from 2010/2011, though there is one area I noticed that has yet to do that: the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Much of the region still has coverage from 2006 and downtown Minneapolis is from 2002. Even though I’m not from that area, I think it should be updated as there is a new Twins MLB Ballpark that opened last year and a Univ. of MN football stadium that opened in 2009. Just saying.

  21. Dave Timpe says:

    KML is updated.

  22. Paul Lucas says:

    When will Google update the images in Southern Oregon? The last image update was back in july 2010

  23. Muhammad Usama Azhar says:

    Please update Pakistan’s view,3D and street views.I’m ardently waiting for it………

  24. Imagery Updated -> Egypt:6 October City

  25. jim lovejoy says:

    how do i find my property [ home ] ?

  26. It looks likes on the night of September 21st 2011 Google pushed out a new imagery update!

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