Google Earth Imagery Update – Cyclone Fantala

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, Google has recently pushed out yet another imagery update.

April imagery – Green: as of April 17th, Blue: as of April 21st, Red: As of May 10th

March imagery – Green: as of April 17th, Blue: as of April 21st, Red: As of May 10th

To see the outlines in Google Earth download this KML file. Note that the actual imagery is smaller than the outlines.

We have found quite a lot of DigitalGlobe imagery (with the help of their First Look map) that was captured because of specific events. However, in many cases we were not able to see anything of interest in the imagery. The locations are noted in the KML file at the end of this post. We did find some places of interest:

In mid April Cyclone Fantala struck the Farquhar Group of islands, which are part of the Seychelles.


Almost all the buildings on the island are completely destroyed. Apparently the residents had been evacuated.

In Kerala, India, a large explosion due to a fireworks accident at Puttingal Temple killed 114 people and injured 350 others.


Puttingal Temple, Kerala, India, before and after explosion.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou Province, China is nearing completion. We previously featured it when looking at radio telescopes

Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), Guizhou Province, China.

To see the locations featured above as well as a number of locations where imagery has been captured for a specific reason, download this KML file.

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. Any news about Panoramio? Why new images are not imported to Google Earth?
    Is Google Earth to be developed in the future? Current version is one year old.

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