New Google Earth Imagery – May 30

Two weeks after their previous update, it appears that Google has just pushed out some more fresh imagery to Google Earth. Thanks to ‘hhgygy’ for letting 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!
So far it appear to be a rather small update, and the imagery seems to be rather dark, but see if you can find any other updated areas.
[UPDATED – May 30, 2012 — 10:33am EST]

    Greece: Athens, Heraklion, Matala, Viannos, Zakynthos — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Hungary: Budapest (just west of the city)

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. Athens, Greece

  2. Zakynthos, Greece

  3. Pyramids of Giyze, Egypt

  4. Heraklion (Crete), Greece

  5. Matala (Crete), Greece
    Viannos (Crete); Greece
    OK enough for today 😉

  6. Gödöllő, Hungary

  7. Western part of Budapest, Hungary

  8. McMasterde says:

    Dallas, TX

  9. McMasterde says:

    Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany (7/6/2011)

  10. McMasterde says:

    East part of Helsinki (9/5/2011)

  11. Domnesti, Mihailesti, Ciorogarla in Romania.

  12. Maarten says:

    This new imagery is in Google Maps already.

  13. McMasterde says:

    East Part of Kiev (9/1/2011)

  14. – Vainode, Latvia
    – Esmoriz beach, Portugal
    The imagery is in Maps already, but you can check if the date is in the historical layer. If it’s not there, then it is new. On previously low res zones, this will cause the imagery to disappear (only a very basic cover will remain).

  15. McMasterde says:

    North-South strips at Ozu, Tanabe and Owase

  16. Lots of new imagery in Southern Albania (Voskopojë, Vithkuq, Poliçan 7/9/2011; Maliq 7/12/2011; Ballaban 6/25/2011; Drenovicë, Kutalli, Poshnjë 7/15/2011).

  17. schorsch says:

    Köln, Münster, Karlsruhe, Wuppertal, Saarbrücken, Marburg, Salzgitter

  18. schorsch says:

    Neuss, Germany

  19. schorsch says:

    Siegen, Germany

  20. schorsch says:

    Pullendorf, Germany

  21. The new high res imagery in Germany is amazing, particularly Karlsruhe!

  22. Northwestern Kola Peninsula. There’s a new piece of imagery inland from the sub bases in a location that wasn’t covered before.

  23. costinesti romania and some parts of dobrogea and some parts of hungary including dunaujvaros

  24. The historical imagery layer has also been updated to include the new imagery. Still no Kmz…

  25. NetworkMan says:

    Russia, Nenoksa SLBM test range, near Severodvinsk.

  26. KMZ available, and has arrived in ‘my places’. Many small updates worldwide, more widespread in Baltic states and Hungary.

  27. Maarten says:

    Paris has new imagery in the historic imagery layer. The imagery date says it’s from 1-1-2011, but it doesn’t look like a january-imagery at all. Google probably means to say that the imagery is from somewhere in 2011. But why not mention the correct exact date?

  28. PARIS – the KMZ shows an update over the whole of Paris and its environs to the N, W and S, but while the imagery in the environs is dated 2011 central areas retain good high res 2008 imagery with the somewhat lower quality high res 2011 imagery in the historic layer. This seems sensible, if a little confusing.

  29. New imagery and KMZ are available from June 6!

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