Hong Kong protests visible in Google Earth

We are always on the look out for recent events that make it into Google Earth imagery. With sudden events such as the Napa Valley earth quake or the Koslanda landslide we only get to see the aftermath. Google Earth imagery is not real time, but occasionally we get to see events while they are still on-going, such as Hawaii’s Kilauea lava flows.

The on-going protests in Hong Kong began in late September. Since then, Google has added imagery for Hong Kong taken on October 12th and October 17th. Although you can’t make out a lot of detail, there are clearly some tents and a lot of activity on what is normally a busy highway. See the location in Street View to get an idea of what the area normally looks like, then have a look at this Photo Sphere to see it during the protests.

To find the location in Google Earth download this KML file

Hong Kong protests

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About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.