Google have updated their ‘Latest Google Earth Imagery Updates’ map. To view it in Google Earth use this KML file. The last time they updated this particular map was for the April 24th update. There have, of course, been plenty of actual updates in between as can be seen from the monthly update map for May. For more on Google’s Imagery Updates maps and what they mean see this post.
The most obvious feature in this update is strips of imagery in northern India and southern Tibet surrounding Nepal. Both regions were affected by the Nepal earthquake in April. Google already added plenty of Nepal imagery after the Earthquake and again in May after a major aftershock. However, this newly added imagery is mostly old imagery from before the earthquake, presumably added to assist aid workers in those regions.
Latest Google Earth Imagery map – June 8th, 2015. Larger version.
The imagery has not yet made it into ‘historical imagery’ and some patches are not in the default layer, so we can’t view them yet. This is often an indication that there is something of interest in the imagery. One such image is of Cisco, Texas where there was a tornado in May. We will keep an eye on the location as it typically takes a week or so for new imagery to be added to ‘historical imagery’.
Google’s quality checks failed for this patch of imagery north of São Paul, Brazil. Find it with this KML file. We are not sure what caused the strange patterns, but Google shouldn’t have included this image, at least not in the default layer. It is also visible in Google Maps.