New Google Earth Imagery – April 17

Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Andre’, it appears that Google has just pushed out another 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!

  • Sudan: Kadugli

If you find any other updated areas, please leave a comment and let us know!

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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. Dave Timpe says:

    Marinette, WI, Menominee, MI and areas in Upper and Northern Lower Michigan. Not the greatest imagery but it replaces 2005 with 2010, so it at least comes closer to being current. It’s rather pale, and not the best resolution. In some areas the resolution got worse. One of the Lower Michigan updates was in Charlevoix, which was still low-res default imagery before. The area around Suamico, WI, NW of Green Bay got an “update” that is older than the previous version, but it is better than the old.

  2. The changes seem to have been applied to Google Maps.
    I believe that most of South America now has base imagery dated from 1970.

  3. I am very sorry, but “Sudan: Kadugli” was updated on March 20th 2012!!!!

  4. The town was updated in March, but the airport to the north was not…
    That’s the area that yesterday still had 2004 imagery in GMaps, and has now been updated to 2011.

  5. The official KMZ is out now. And Kadugli is indeed there… including the town.

  6. Ah, cool nice update 🙂

  7. Venezuela: Center of Margarita Island, Cubagua & Coche Islands, Mariguitar

  8. Al-Madinah,Saudi Arabia.

  9. new imagery for Nantucket, MA less than a few months old. I can tell by new construction on our street.

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