New Google Earth Imagery – October 19

Google Earth has just rolled out some fresh imagery for us! Thanks to GEB reader ‘Sean’ for being the first to let us know about it.


As is almost always 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 — 19-October, 4:29pm EST]

  • China: Jinan (Shandong Province) — thanks ‘yuanhang’
  • United States: Indiana (Terre Haute), Iowa (Davenport, Newton), Kansas (Emporia, Lawrence), Minnesota (Benidji), Missouri (St. Louis), Montana (Wolf Point), North Dakota (Williston), Oregon (Klamath Falls, Portland), Washington (Redmond, Seattle, Tacoma), Wyoming (Lovell) — thanks ‘jamesf’, ‘JJ’, ‘Munden’ and ‘Sean’

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. USA:
    Iowa, Davenport and Newton

  2. Lawrence, KS

  3. USA:
    Missouri – St Louis
    Oregon – Klamath Falls
    Wyoming – Lovell

  4. USA:
    Montana – Wolf Point
    North Dakota – Williston
    Minnesota – Benidji

  5. jinan,shandong province,china

  6. Portland, OR

  7. Ted Dowdell says:

    When Google publishes the “link” for the direct input to Google Earth, can you post it. Or, if there is a current Google page that lists all the recent links, can you provide it?

  8. Beerenberg Volcano ON Jan Mayen Island North of Iceland

  9. San Francisco Peninsula, CA (SF, San Jose, Santa Cruz)

  10. I usually use Google Maps but the new Google Earth has caught me attention and the imagery looks more detailed and fresh. Sometimes Google Maps has difficulties show real time results which is one reason I would prefer Google Earth.

  11. bernd reuter says:

    severodvinsk got new update

  12. Ted, if you are referring to the KMZ file that lists all image updates, it’s a network link. That means you don’t need a new one to see the new imagery. All you need to do is wait until they add the newest imagery on their end, and it will show up in the list when you open it.

  13. McMaster_de says:

    Seattle Area from Everett to Tacoma, WA

  14. Singapore, SW corner over some of the new land they made for shipping. (includes the Tuas Naval Base)

  15. Belly Fat, you are mistaken. Both GE and Google Maps use the same images, that are NOT real-time. Think about it for a moment and you’ll realize the impossibility of getting real-time cloudless imagery for the entire earth.
    But I’ll agree that GE has features that make it nicer to use than Google Maps.

  16. Scottsbluff, Nebraska

  17. Terre Haute, Indiana
    Emporia, Kansas

  18. @ Munden – you could help other GEB readers by giving the link to the source of the KMZ which then resides in ‘my places’ and updates automatically. The source is not easy to find, particularly now that the Google Lat Long blog in its new format seems to have given up featuring new imagery and the KMZ.

  19. I didn’t mention it because it’s been many months since I grabbed it, and didn’t have access immediately.
    Given the request, though, I looked through their blog and found this link:

  20. USA Pittsfield, MA
    USA New Haven CT

  21. Lima, Peru

  22. Kiskissink, Québec (Canada)

  23. @ Munden – thanks for the link, which directly downloads the ‘KML’, but isn’t there also a Google page somewhere which refers to the service of imagery updates (and also has the link)?

  24. Tripoli in Libya has been updated too. We can see the damaged military buildings.

  25. McMaster_de says:

    Az-Zāwiyah, Libya

  26. Chris, I’m sorry I don’t understand your phrasing. (‘service of imagery’?) If you’re asking about a single web page where Google lists places they’ve updated, that page doesn’t exist. For a while they were providing a post in their blog a few days after they did the update, but they’ve not done that for 2 or 3 updates now. I don’t know if they bother anymore.
    The blog where they used to announce it was:
    Maybe they’ll start again.

  27. @ Munden – I did mention the recent absence of a feature listing selected updates in the Lat Long blog following its change of format, and of course there are simply too many updates for it to make sense for Google to put them all on an accessible site.
    What I do recall is that there was a Google page. something like a ‘gallery’, which invited users to get the automatic imagery updates which reside in ‘my places’ and therefore it must contain the link that you gave to a direct download, but I have lost track of this at the moment.
    So, if it exists, a link to this would also be helpful.

  28. Sorry, Chris. You know more about what you’re after than I do. 🙂 I just hang onto that KML and keep trying it after an update. I can’t really be of any other help. 🙁

  29. California: Ukiah, Willits & Lakeport

    @ Munden – I have tracked down the page featuring the updates KMZ/KML
    It is the ‘Google Earth Gallery’ and a click on the top left item on the page goes to page with the download and also the GE Plug In, but there is not much of an explanation after all 🙂

  31. McMaster_de says:

    California: Ukiah, Willits & Lakeport they have been updated in the last (October,5 2011)

  32. Looks like they load their KML using the browser API, Chris. Funky. That’s interesting. 🙂
    Speaking of the KML, they’ve updated it for the last update now.

  33. LAT LONG BLOG – first feature on imagery updates [24 Oct] has just appeared in the ‘official’ blog in its new format, a useful supplement to the KML/KMZ indicating the broad type of image for each named area . Let’s hope it’s a regular feature.


  35. Hay there, thank to share very nice info..
    but i nedd some information about “How i can find place list of google map imagery update in entire world?” but i only need in asia. Thanks a lot..

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