New Google Earth Imagery – July 8, 2013

It appears that Google has just pushed out a new imagery update! Thanks to GEB reader ‘Conor’ for being the first to let us know about it and ‘Munden’ for help tracking down the locations of the new imagery.


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 Earth yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what’s new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Maps, but the old imagery is still in Google Earth. If you compare the two side-by-side and they’re not identical, that means that you’ve found a freshly updated area!

We’re not sure of all of the updated areas yet, but here are a few that some readers have found:

  • Canada: Calgary
  • Japan: Kyoto
  • New Zealand: Near Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
  • North Korea: Pyongyang
  • United Kingdom: Coventry (eastern part)
  • United States: Florida (Cape Canaveral), Virginia (Roanoke), Wisconsin (Woodruff), Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park)

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. Cork ireland is updated in maps but not in google earth?

  2. I also notified you about the update at the Russian-Polish Border on the Vistula Spit

  3. Um, as I wrote you in email 12+ hours before you posted this, the new imagery for Kyoto is in Maps, not Earth, which you acknowledged as oddly opposite from normal in your email reply. It’s easily verifiable, so I’m perplexed why you’d go ahead and post wrong information.

    • “This new imagery isn’t in Google Earth yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what’s new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Maps, but the old imagery is still in Google Earth.”

      Please, read carefully the posts, my friend.

    • Mickey Mellen says:

      Yep, good catch. Sorry about that. It’s fixed now. Thanks!

  4. COVENTRY UK not sure that there is anything new – whole city appears to have good 2007 imagery as default, with somewhat less good 2010 imagery in the ‘history’ layer. Perhaps this entry could be checked.

  5. In history layer is Athens, Greece updated with images from March 9. 2013

  6. Wednesday says:

    Sacramento is also updated in Google maps

  7. Kitabulu says:

    Most of Maputo, Mozambique updated, but with cloudy imagery, not very useful 🙁

  8. Chris, look at the eastern part of Coventry, in particular the airport. It’s an update.

    To add:
    USA, NJ: Seaside Heights and other parts along the coast that were damaged by hurricane Sandy have updates where rebuilding can be seen.

    • The airport default imagery (viewed in GE 6.1) dates from 14 April 2007, with 2010 imagery in ‘history. Is it a delayed update, or am I missing something?

      • Yes, the new imagery is in Google Maps. The blog post earlier indicated incorrectly that it was in Google Earth. (it’s been fixed since) You have to compare the two images, but when you do you’ll see it’s a nice update. It stayed the high resolution aerial imagery and although slightly darker it’s a much richer color.

        Again, just remember the new imagery this time around is in Google Maps first. 🙂

        • Thanks for the clarification, but the blog post title still reads “New Google Earth imagery” and my comments relate to that, not to Google Maps. However, the colour in the new 2013 imagery around Coventry in Maps is unrealistically over saturated and definition less crisp compared with the 2007 imagery in GE, but we’ll see how it looks once GE is updated.

  9. Wildflower Hall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

  10. Egypt: 6th of October City, Cairo (specifically around the pyramids and over at the airport)

  11. Montenegro: Donja Lastva, Kotor, Nikšić, Pljevlja, Kolašin, Podgorica (I have not yet found any location without an update, even in the middle of nowhere)

  12. Wednesday says:

    San Fernando valley also got updated

  13. Vladislav says:

    Semenivka, Ukraine

  14. There’s a lot of blurred imagery over Wyoming. I think that should be fixed.

  15. Now in Google Earth (no KML update)

    • Not in GE in Coventry UK, either default or ‘historic’ (see discussion in earlier comments). It would be nice to know what Google are up to 🙂

  16. @David Timpe: Imagery of Montenegro (mentioned above) in Google Maps is not found in Google Earth, not in actual imagery nor in historical imagery. I checked two cities (Kotor and Podgorica).

  17. USA, Michigan: Cheboygan, Alpena

  18. At last, 13 July, GE has got the 8 July update, if Coventry UK is typical (see earlier comments), but unfortunately quality here is down somewhat in the effort to make the images more ‘colourful’.

    • Kitabulu says:

      When I download the update, I get the May 25 update, not the July 8th…am I doing anything wrong?

      • No you’re not. He means that the new imagery finally made it to Google Earth. The imagery update KML should update in a day or two now.

  19. archangelmichael2 says:

    Google Earth street view seems to not be showing up lately no matter what city I choose.

    A couple times Google earth glitched out entirely only showing a blue background but no *earth* which has never happened to me before and never again since.

    I wonder what’s going on……

  20. Maarten says:

    Still no imagery update KML. Why does it take so long???

    • Things are changing at Google. The new Maps interface now has much more direct from Google Earth. You need a Google account to access the new Maps. So you get “personalised” maps and ads, and Google gets to know all about you. It may not be long before you will not be able to see a free-standing Google Earth on a desktop.

  21. Malmö is updated in Google Maps, not in Google Earth, but Stockholm still have the same imagery, I’ll have to click on historical maps to look at the newest… When will Google fix this?

  22. jonahrf says:

    Why wont the historical imagery layer be updated? It’s been more than two weeks.

    • Australia says:

      Very odd that the updated KML hasn’t been provided yet. It’s now 15 days since the Google Maps imagery update.

  23. 1 month has past and still no new KML Available on
    Does someone know something about that ?

  24. This is very belated, but:
    Italy: Taranto and Foggia. Also, Rome has similar and recent imagery but it is only visible using the time slider.

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