New Google Earth Imagery – August 24

After going nearly a month between the last few sets of updates, Google apparently just pushed out some fresh imagery. Thanks to ‘Andreas’ for being the first to spot it.
[UPDATE, August 30: Google has posted their official blog entry about the update and they’ve updated the KML file]
Interestingly, this imagery isn’t very fresh. Andreas found a few locations in Germany with new imagery, but the imagery is from 2008 (replacing imagery from 2004, which is still visible on Google Maps). Perhaps Google just acquired this imagery from a new provider and they’re updating various areas with 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 – 24-August, 3:02pm EST]

  • Bosnia Herzegovina: Sokolac
  • Germany: Berlin (BBI Airport), Schwedt, Templin
  • United States: Arizona (Quartzsite), California (Stockton, Modesto, Los Banos, Lake Tahoe), Kansas (Dodge City), Nevada (Carson City, Las Vegas, Reno), Texas (Pecos) — thanks ‘Steven’

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. Is it still necessary to log out of the Google Earth sever, empty the cache and then log back in to see if there are any changes?

  2. California: Stockton, Modesto, Los Banos, Lake Tahoe
    Arizona: Areas south of Quartzsite
    Nevada: Reno, Carson City
    Texas: Pecos
    Kansas: Dodge City

  3. Nevada: Las Vegas

  4. Hong Kong

  5. Chile: Talcahuano

  6. @KAE I don’t think so. Was it ever necessary?

  7. @ KAE Never knowingly done that to see new imagery, for example in Scotland in the last batch.
    A related issue is that, although you can check against Google Maps for a short period, the alternative of checking against historic imagery seems to be of limited use as the replaced imagery often does not seem to appear there.
    If this is right, then unfortunately the use of GE to check all sorts of change is significantly reduced.

  8. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Nanjing, China (West side)

  9. Bad Liebenwerda, Germany
    Lauchhammer, Germany
    Senftenberg, Germany

  10. Google Earth is an indispensable product in our line of work!

  11. Glyn Johnson says:

    Found new images of the St Marys area on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia

  12. Jämsä, Finland – new imagery

  13. Mike Brown says:

    Nassau, Bahamas

  14. Fier, Albania (3/13/2010).

  15. The KML has arrived automatically in ‘my places’ as usual, but some updates mentioned in yesterday’s post on the official Google Lat Long blog do not appear as red polygons on GE with ‘latest updates’ in layers on, for example reported satellite imagery updates in France and the UK..
    Anyone else noted this unhelpful characteristic?

  16. Farmington & Aztec NM received an update.

  17. When will you update the imagery of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, some of the areas are still blurred and old

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