Réunion, a French Island in the Indian Ocean not far from Mauritius, has recently received Street View. We found that although the coverage shown by the blue lines is quite extensive we were not able to access it in a number of areas. For example, Îlet à Cordes shows blue lines but if you try to enter Street View there in either Google Earth or Google Maps it does not succeed.
Changes to Street View between January 28th, 2016 and February 28th, 2016. Changes marked in red. Existing Street View in blue. Large version
See it in Google Maps . With nothing to judge scale by, this volcano looks deceptively small and close. It is actually about 3 km away and has a crater over a kilometre wide at its peak. The whole thing is sitting inside a much larger crater, the edge of which the photo was taken from.
See it in Google Maps. Réunion has some very steep mountains. We thought this spot looked especially beautiful, with the sun just peeping over the mountain.
Other new Street View includes expansions to coverage in Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, The Philippines, Ukraine and Russia. And the Google LatLong blog lets us know about some US stadiums that have received Street View. There is also some new Street View of Ellef Ringnes Island in the far north of Canada. It is dated April 2014, but appears to have only recently been added.
See it in Google Maps. If Réunion was too hot and tropical for you, then try exploring Ellef Ringnes Island in northern Canada.
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.
As Timothy says, do not get too exited about Reunion because, until Google fix the issue, Street View does not currently open on a high proportion of the blue lines. But from what can be seen so far it is an attractive and well ordered place – and will be a welcome addition to Street View.
When will Disneyland get street view or any place in America again? Most places still have 2012 street view images and I’ve seen images as far back as 2008 which uses an entirely different kind of camera.