Large new update to Google Earth imagery

Google has just pushed out an imagery update, and it covers a wide variety of countries around the world. You can use this KML file to see the areas that received fresh imagery with this update.


Google has been pushing out imagery at a faster and faster pace, with the previous update coming just two weeks ago.
This update is quite extensive and covers the following areas:
High resolution aerial updates:
DuBois, PA; Pleasanton, TX; Weatherford, TX
Countries/regions receiving high resolution satellite updates:
Algeria, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paracel Islands, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, St. Helena, Sudan, Svalbard, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
For more information about this update, you can read this entry on the Google Lat Long Blog.

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  1. Dave Timpe says

    The KML was updated last week, it just didn’t get noticed.

  2. Actually, I did notice it on June 6 and posted a comment (#29) on the existing at that time new-update blog (of May 30th)… Is there a better way to provide information?

  3. This seems to be the update dated 6 June arriving automatically in ‘my places’, but which was confusingly described as “week of 11 June” in LatLong. Whatever, it came hot on the heels of the late May update.

  4. I found new imagery in Egypt.
    Aswan Dam, the Dam and the southern part.
    This imagery does not appear in the KMZ.

  5. The updates in Germany can only be seen if you activate the Timeslider. Maybe there is the same at the other upates this time.
    At the last updates in Denmark in March and April new updates of various cities (Copenhagen, Odense Aarhus etc.) were hidden in the Timeslider mode.
    But around 3 weeks ago they were brought into todays update. So all of Denmark is updated to the year 2011.

  6. @ Sladys Thanks for the tip about Denmark, seems a big improvement.
    But I see, for example, an update (1.1.2010) of high res around Essen in Germany in the 6 June KML, but no older imagery in the timeslider. Similarly in the previous KML. Curious, but more of this very high res in Germany is welcome.

  7. I don’t think that Google tells us enough about the imagery update process, so do GEB readers have more information on:
    – what drives the process, apparently not outdated imagery alone judging from comments posted on GEB?
    – do updated areas shown on the KML sometimes contain patchworks of varied imagery, as they often seem to do?
    – why does most recent imagery sometimes appear in the historic layer (and not in the KML)?
    – what determines what replaced imagery is retained in the historic layer, it seems pretty random?
    – could Google issue two KMLs, one with updates of the default layer , including any recent imagery moved from the historic layer, and the second with updates to the historic layer – most recent, replaced but retained, from earlier dates?
    I think greater understanding would help Google retain core customers as rival services are launched, although not yet to GE.

  8. legolego says

    Why i can’t see this imagery update? Generally after few days from riding the news, the kml file refreshes the updated areas, but now it has not been still updated!

  9. This post refers to the June 6 update, which has been present in the KML since that date. No further updates have been detected since.

  10. we are on 04/07/2012 and no news about the latest imagery! it’s some problem? thanks for answer!

  11. There is no new imagery date 10 04 2013 , 19 08 2009 It s a problem or?????

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