New Google Earth Imagery – April 10

It appears that we have some fresh imagery in Google Earth today! Thanks to GEB reader ‘Munden’ 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!
Some of the updated areas include:

  • China: Huludao, Maolin, Qingdao, Kunming
  • Germany: Vaihingen, Olpenitzdorf
  • India: Baga, Kusunda
  • Japan: Kanazawa, Sagamihara, Fujisawa, Kamakura, Tachikawa, Akiruno, Toba, Fujinomiya
  • United Kingdom: Glasgow, Taransay
  • United States: Hawaii (Lanai, Molokai, Oahu), New Mexico (VLA), Nevada/Arizona (eastern Lake Mead area), Texas (Beaumont)
  • Ukraine: Mykolaiv

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. Montenegro (Podgorica,Danilovgrad,Herceg Novi,Budva,Sutomore,Rijeka Crnojevica,Cetinje,Andrijevica,Rožaje)

  2. UK – Taransay ? a Scottish island uninhabited since 1974 with no recent change. So why update?
    The only outcome seems to have been to change the previously ‘natural’ colours to ‘black and white’ when zoomed in – an unwelcome downturn in quality seen widely in the 21 March update.
    Also, the centre and east of Glasgow was updated on 21 March, so not sure why it’s listed again.

  3. USA: Bryan/College Station, TX

  4. @Chris, taking a moment to look at Glasgow would’ve helped to explain why it was listed again .. it was updated again. You can clearly see that a much larger area than was previously updated now has new imagery. Take a look at the current real position of the Glenlee in Google Earth and there it is. Google Maps still shows the building under construction.

  5. Google Maps imagery was just updated as I ate some supper. It’s no longer possible to find updates by comparing differences.

  6. Joseolgon says:

    Braga, in Portugal as Imagery from 2/8/2012

  7. McMaster_de says:

    Duqiaozhen, China (3/3/2013)

  8. McMaster_de says:

    Shanghai, China (3/6/2013)

  9. @ Munden – OK, I should have written “updated” and not “listed”, but at least half of the administrative area of Glasgow and a large N -S strip beyond was updated less than a month before, so has this been updated again, and, if so, why?
    Whatever has been going on, at least the imagery for Glasgow is good high res (a higher priority imho than keeping up with every single new building) which is more than can be said for other recent updates.

  10. @Chris, ah! I see what you meant now. Well, if you look at the update, it was low-res satellite update and wasn’t the default image as far as I know. Also, the satellite image is older than the new aerial update they put in.
    I get the impression that Google has been holding back on updates because people seem to complain if they update a nice aerial shot with newer, but not-as-good satellite imagery. The aerial shots in the US are being updated about ever 2 or 3 years now for major cities, so maybe the UK will get the same treatment? I hope they start filling in the gaps with aerial shots of smaller cities and interesting countryside, but we’ll just have to see. Maybe Edinburgh and London aren’t far behind for updates.

  11. Përrenjas, Albania (9/12/2012).

  12. Shëngjin, Albania (10/18/2012).

  13. Shamshernagar, Bangladesh, new 2013/2 imagery.
    The new imagery is now available on the historical images layer.

  14. Ujung Pandang (east area), Indonesia, new 2013/2 imagery.
    Hwangsuwon-ni / Pungsan, North Korea, new 2013 imagery (previously low-res)
    Mansin-dong, North Korea, new 2013 imagery.
    Manpo, North Korea, new 2012/12 imagery.
    Taech’on-ni, North Korea, new 2013/3 imagery.
    Pungchon, North Korea, new 2013/1 imagery.
    Taetan, North Korea, new 2013/3 imagery.
    Tasa-ri, North Korea, new 2012/12 imagery.

  15. @ Munden I see only aerial images when zoomed into Glasgow, default or ‘historic’, so I am puzzled by your reference to satellite imagery (but I still use GE 6.1 so may be versions make differences).
    It’s good news if Google hold on to better quality older imagery as the default, and perhaps there could be a ‘most up to date’ layer for those who want it, but there is no sign of aerial updates as frequently as every 2 to 3 years in UK cities.

  16. Gjiri i Lalzit, Albania (10/18/2012).

  17. The April 10th update KML is now available.

  18. New york city is 3d now! 😀

  19. Douz, Tunesia, too.

  20. It might have remained not noticed, but there was a new KMZ upload on April 22nd, named April 16th imagery update.

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