With the recent release of the ‘Voyager Edition 2’ layers, including a map of recently added imagery, we can, as we have done for previous updates, have a look through the imagery to see if there is anything interesting. We forgot to mention in our previous post on the layer that the dates are all given as one day earlier than the dates displayed in Google Earth. We do not know which dates are correct.
A good place to start when checking to see whether imagery was captured for specific events is DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook map. Many of the locations on the map do feature relevant imagery in the latest Google Earth updates, but not all of the locations have anything interesting to see, or we were unable to find it. It must also be noted that the imagery is useful to first responders in disasters even when not much relating to the disaster is visible in the imagery. In fact, some of the imagery added is years old, but has been obtained to assist first responders as good maps or satellite imagery might not previously have been available.
Note that some of the locations featured are from imagery more recent than the Voyager Edition 2 map.
Flooding in Bulani, Pakistan.
Flooding in Rojhan, Pakistan.
The Hajj pilgrimage, Mecca, captured a few days before the official start of the Hajj.
Hellfest Open Air 2015 in Clisson, France.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
To find the above locations and more in Google Earth, download this KML file.