Google Earth Imagery update – April 2016

Barely a week after the last imagery update, Google has released some fresh imagery to Google Earth, including imagery up to April 5th, 2016.

April imagery.

Blue: existing March imagery. Red: fresh March imagery.

Blue: existing February imagery. Red: fresh February imagery.

To see the maps of imagery by month in Google Earth download this KML file. As usual, the outlines are larger than the actual imagery. We have also included a map for January imagery that we did last week before this update.

We have not yet found any imagery connected to specific events, so instead we will have a look at a couple of interesting locations we came across as we were looking through the imagery.

Interesting patterns in China. We believe they are rice fields designed so that the water flows from one field to the next down a slope.

Lake Poskin, Wisconsin. Aerial imagery is usually gathered in summer, so we don’t often see frozen lakes at this resolution.

Download this KML file for the above locations.

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.


  1. Los Angeles / Orange County has been updated.

    Previous imagery was from 3/24/2015
    Current imagery is from 2/2/2016.

  2. Hello, Can we get the data in shpaefile? It’s easier for us to visualize it in ArcMap along with other GIS layer. Thanks.

    • Timothy Whitehead says:

      The maps I produce are image overlays. You can find them in the .KMZ file and use them in other products if you wish. I do not have them in any other format.

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