In yesterday’s post we mentioned that Google has stopped producing imagery update maps for every update. It turns out we were wrong. Thank you to GEB reader Munden for letting us know that Google has released a map for an update on April 24th, 2015. You can view it in Google Earth using this KML file. Keep in mind that Google uses the same map for each update so in future you may see a more recent update than the one discussed in this post. There is no way that we know of of saving the map other than a screen shot.
Latest Google Earth Imagery map – April 24th, 2015. Larger version.
Do not assume that all the added imagery is recent. For example, there is a patch of aerial imagery in Spain that is dated 15th June 2013. For more on what the map is telling us, see this series of posts we wrote last month.
This update includes imagery of some of the Islands of Vanuatu captured soon after it was hit by Cyclone Pam in March.
Some buildings have lost their roofs.
If you wish to explore the area, be sure to check ‘historical imagery’ and also check outside the red outlines, as there are other relevant images of the cyclone damage from previous updates.
If you find anything interesting in the imagery, do let us know in the comments.