New Google Earth Imagery – March 21

Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Munden’, it appears that Google has just pushed out a rather substantial imagery update.


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!

  • India: Mumbai
  • Iraq: Baghdad, Kirkuk
  • Ireland: Northern coastline
  • Japan: Shioya, Nikko, Obama
  • Russia: bolyshoy Kamen, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok
  • Syria: Hamah, Hims, Sabburah
  • United States: North Dakota (Grand Forks), South Dakota (Deadwood), West Virginia (entire state)

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. In India – Nagpur

  2. Would be nice to get some new imagery. My cities views are now 6 years old. In some areas it’s becoming less and less useful as a product.

  3. Poland – Torzym (New A2 Autobahn)

  4. Area Between Farmington and Santa Fe (USA)

  5. Beja – Portugal has new 2011 imagery (addition to the last update that just covered city center)

  6. Southern part of Armenia (town of Sisian) has new imagery!

  7. Përmet, Këlcyrë, Tepelenë, Memaliaj in Albanian (10/27/2011).

  8. Korçë, Albania (7/9/2011).

  9. Wolf Dieter says:

    @kevin: The pictures of our city (population: 23k) is more than 10 jears old – more or less useless.

  10. The KMZ has been distributed, dated 20 March, although today’s post in the Google LatLong blog dates the update as 19 March.
    Extensive, good quality updates in England and Wales, but the reported update to the northern Irish coast is limited to Northern Ireland, and the default for Donegal to the west remains basic low res, but you can go to historic and get strips of higher res.

  11. M Turner says:

    Although updates are shown for south east Wales I can’t see any new pictures.

  12. When will be Croatia in Street view ?

  13. @M Turner
    That’s because it’s not on the main layer. It will be available soon in the historical Imagery, when it has been updated. Should be any day now.

  14. Even though the kmz wit updates of Denmark shows the southern part of Jutland, Funen and Zealand as updated but there are a lot of places not updated.

  15. Francis Lalonde says:

    I think they also updated downtown Midland, MI, since I was just viewing it, and the Dow Diamond is visible, though it’s not shown (yet) in Google Maps.

  16. @ Joeran You do bot explain why “new” imagery should appear in the “historic” layer, but other posts suggest it is because the new imagery is of lower res or of poorer quality.
    If this is so, it would be helpful for Google themselves to explain that the red outlines delivered by the KMZs indicate a variety of circumstances, but better perhaps to outline new default imagery in one colour and updates in the historic layer in another, plus another for addition of truly old images.

  17. @Chris
    That’s right, when Google thinks the quality of the existing imagery is better than the quality of the update, they put new stuff in the historic imagery. (But in some areas they inexplicably do it although the quality is pretty much the same).
    Different coloring of the outlines would be a good idea to prevent confusion.

  18. Romania:Suceava,Oradea,Rosiorii de Vede

  19. @ Joeran – thanks. Alternatively, if it was straightforward enough, there could be more than one KMZ to cover separately the updates in the default and ‘historic’ layers, to avoid possible visual confusion with the all the colours of the GE imagery.

  20. The historical layer has been update, so we can now see the previously unaccessible areas.
    @Chris, the colouring idea is good, but not that simple. I believe that images are not specifically inserted in the historic layer (in fact, they all are, as all imagery was taken in the past…), but should have some kind of quality index that the client app see and interprets. Then we do have imagery that is clearly in the visible or historical layers, but we also get strips with visible and invisble patches. Which colour would this get?
    I believe the best addition to GE was a button on the lower half that would display (and jump to) the newest available date, just like there’s one for the oldest imagery. Then we coold compare the current and latest dates and see right away that newer imagery was available elsewhere. You could make such that the button only appeared if they were not the same. Hope someone at Google is reading this. 🙂

  21. @ AC – anything that could ‘toggle’ between latest and best high res (if different) would be great.
    As there seems not to be easily accessible comprehensive information from Google about the process of updating and the layers of images, I share your hope that someone from Google reads, and acts.

  22. Afghanistan:Kabul
    Jalal abad
    and many more cities

  23. Alabama- the entire state

  24. Emanuelle Jesus Montecillo says:

    Batangas city, Philippines.. still at 2009 imagery, land form changed since it was hit by typhoon back last 2010 and many man-made excavation been made.. i need the updated images for my thesis. thank you

  25. USA – Indiana, southwest and east central as well as much of Indianapolis.

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