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9 de Septiembre 2006

Huge Update to Google Earth and Maps Aerial/Satellite Photos - September 8 and 9

[UPDATE: SUN 1910 ET - new areas in blue]

[Updated: 13-Sep 1500 ET - Also, see details on the new Updated Google Earth Layers]

The update which came out yesterday for Google Maps (unannounced by Google) was pushed out to Google Earth last night (thanks to several readers who pointed this out). This update increased high resolution coverage in a number of areas (several states in the US are now all, or nearly, completely covered). Also, new metropolitan areas are covered in a number of states or countries. Thanks to the many Google Earth Blog readers posted comments to yesterday's story, we now have a long list of things which have changed. Here is a summary (go to yesterday's story for links to examples in Google Maps):

  • US States
    • California - entire state is high res, several areas updated with new higher resolution. Rural areas probably came from National Agricultrual Imagery Program (NAIP).
    • Texas - several new rural areas (like western I-10 highway), parts of east Texas, Houston, TX updated
    • North Carolina - Wilmington, Charlotte
    • Connecticut - the entire state in high res now
    • Florida - areas north of Orlando and along coast near Daytona up to St. Augustine
    • New York - Hudson Valley area, western areas - multiple reports
    • New Hamshire - Big areas in southeast
    • Maine - Large new areas along the coastline, and west central
    • Georgia - looks like the entire state has some form of high res now
    • Montana - the entire state in high res now
    • New Mexico - updates around Las Cruces
    • Illinois - unconfirmed report for Bloomington and Normal
    • Unconfirmed reports for Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; and Aspen, CO - thanks to comments at Digg
    • Washington State - County of Clark in SW WA updated - thanks to GEB reader Jesse
    • Oregon - Part of update above includes Portland, OR also
  • The Netherlands - the rest of the country in high res
  • Belgium - big areas have been added for Antwerp, and new data for Brussels
  • Japan - Takamatsu added, Also Also Nara, Chofu, Machida
  • Norway - Area in and around Bergen added
  • New Zeland - Auckland and Wellington with new data, other areas being reported
  • Germany - Munich, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Gelsenkirchen, Erlangen/Fuerth, Ludwigshafen, Schwerte...
  • Puerto Rico - area around San Juan
  • Austria - area in southern mountains
  • Arkansas - unconfirmed NW corner

Note: I've verified most (but, not all the cities) of thelocations listed. There are probably other areas not discovered yet. Keep sending in comments and I will update the list. And, go look at the new things you can now discover!

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 07:31 AM

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  • Comentarios

    Actually, the entire state of California seems to now be in high resolution. Some of the imagery looks like it's from the 2005 National Agricultural Imagery Program.

    Enviado por: Jason at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:15 AM

    A part of the area around Liege in Belgium was also updated.

    Enviado por: Mich at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:18 AM

    The north-western parts of Arkansas seems to have new imagery too..

    Enviado por: £123 at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:26 PM

    Some Parts of Northern Germany especially Schleswig Holstein seem to be updated also Wellington in New Zealand

    Enviado por: explorer at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:20 PM

    Areas of Western New York around Buffalo have been updated as well

    Enviado por: joe at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:01 PM

    You can also add:
    * Bremen, Germany
    * North-Western Florida
    * North-Eastern parts of Vermont.

    Enviado por: 123 at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:20 PM

    Most of St. Louis county appears to have updated (approx. 4 years newer) imagery.

    Enviado por: Dan at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:26 PM

    Bishkek, the Capital City of Kyrgystan ts now in hires too

    Enviado por: paul89 at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:21 PM

    Slovakia- Areas of Bratislava seems updated, added new Appollo Bridge (but pix are almost 1 year old 'cause bridge weren't putted into operation on them yet)

    Enviado por: Shimmy at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:00 PM

    There is still heavy cloud cover over Retreat Cover on Galiano Island, off the coast of British Columbia.

    Enviado por: ralphgra at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:02 PM

    Yes, Bloomgington-Normal has been updated with high-res images, but they're at least two years old.

    Enviado por: Chris Galfi at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 08:04 PM

    Just checked Dresden, Germany and it has been updated. I looked at it a few months ago and the whole city was very low resolution, now it is very good resolution.

    Enviado por: BB at 9 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:54 PM

    Thank God, I had a feeling that Arkansas was not a member of the united states and infact a whole country unto itself.

    Enviado por: brian at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:15 AM

    For Wellington, New Zealand, it is different imagery, but it is not any higher resolution, and it is definitely older, the 2 building sites complete with cranes either side of my place that were there in the old imagery have reverted back to carparks again. The georeferencing also appears to be different, for example the pin for my house is now on the neighbours place. The colours also look more washed out. A step backwards I'm afraid.

    And it's only Wellington City itself that has changed, the missing bits from the Hutt and Porirua are still MIA. The copyright notice is now Wellington City Council, so I guess that explains things a bit.


    Enviado por: John at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 03:59 AM

    Calgary, Alberta has been updated as well

    Enviado por: JP at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:28 PM

    there is new imagery of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Edmonton, Alberta I just noticed

    Enviado por: JP at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:32 PM

    In the check for updates menu, I've got a new version of GE4 for Windows (version 4.0.1693). Is this happening for anyone else? I'm in the USA.

    I'm downloading it now, can't tell what's fixed.

    Enviado por: J. McNair at 10 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:13 PM

    Alleghany and Garrett counties in Western Maryland are now in High-Res, along with most of Charlottesville, VA.

    Rock on,

    Tybois Uphold

    Enviado por: Tybois Uphold at 11 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:01 AM

    Finally!!!!! My country and house in detail!
    But Holland is still flat ;-)

    Enviado por: Tom at 11 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:46 AM

    The City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is still half winter, half summer. It's something that just had to happen somewhere, but right through a major Canadian city? :-) I'm looking forward to the update!

    Enviado por: Matt at 11 de Septiembre 2006 a las 07:28 AM

    What has the UK done to offend Google?? So they've now mapped the whole of Germany and the Netherlands in high res and yet so much of the UK is still in rubbish quality. Come on Google, there are more places in the UK than just London and the South East corner!!

    Enviado por: Matt at 11 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:10 AM

    Pittsburgh, PA was also updated.

    Enviado por: pgh131 at 11 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:11 AM

    One piece of California that they didn't update: the Googleplex. The aerial pictures Google took on the Geo Developer Day back in june not shown so far. You are not visible at GE yet, Frank.

    Enviado por: Luistxo at 11 de Septiembre 2006 a las 10:12 AM

    Wiesbaden/Germany is also in High-Res now


    Enviado por: explorer at 12 de Septiembre 2006 a las 05:11 AM

    As noted above, the imagery of Wilmington NC have a very high resolution now (was already high before), but it seems the images are older. I'm currently preparing a KMZ with some locations in this area, so I noticed that a new building in downtown Wilmington that was visible before is gone now.

    Enviado por: Localizer at 12 de Septiembre 2006 a las 06:56 AM

    Area between Longviex TX and Shreveport LA in higher res, still not as good as large cities.

    Enviado por: Kar98 at 12 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:01 PM

    How does these update occur in GE4?

    Enviado por: John Sapyta at 12 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:38 PM

    John, updates occur to the database which is shared by all versions of Google Earth. You don't have to upgrade your version of GE to see new aerial or satellite photos.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 12 de Septiembre 2006 a las 06:31 PM

    the entire city if Philadelphia is in high resolution now instead of just center city and south philly.

    Enviado por: Ted Merriman at 14 de Septiembre 2006 a las 09:21 AM

    The Island of Madeira (Portugal) is now covered. Unfortunetly there are some clouds over Funchal (Capital City of Madeira).

    Enviado por: Bigblock at 15 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:00 PM

    The funny thing is that there's a company in the netherlands wich sells these images of NL for lots of money. Too bad for them, you can get them for free now. Pitty that there are some cloud 'stains' here and there. But 100x better than before

    Enviado por: Merijn Boon at 16 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:53 PM

    It's really good that norway's second biggest city bergen had been photed all they need to do now is take a photo of the eastern parts of oslo

    Enviado por: danielsalex at 22 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:36 PM

    Sao Paulo/Brazil hires was extended from downtown (40miles) do surrounding cities (70miles)

    Enviado por: Pietro at 25 de Septiembre 2006 a las 01:16 PM

    Regulars have probably heard most of this before- sorry, my first time here. I just have to say how much I love Google Earth and Maps. I applaud and thank whoever is working so hard to make this happen- from the intitial premise to continual refinement. High resolution and 3D areas seem to be upgraded at increasing rate. Keep up the great work. GE is high up the list of incredible, synergetic Internet applications. In what may seem to be escalation of cultural difference, such application can only (ultimately) help world dialogue and understanding of our common imprint. Someday, I imagine 24-7 geostationed cameras will optionally provide high res real time imagery in addition to cloudless stills. This would enable all sorts of new functionality such as real time monitoring of natural processes and large scale human endeavors.

    Enviado por: Foerd Ames at 30 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:32 PM

    Is it me or is there new imagery for london, UK?? looking this morning and it looks different

    Enviado por: Aloha at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:04 AM

    North Taipei has reverted to older less clear data and my hundreds of pins are off coordinates. Wonderful.

    Enviado por: RM MClay at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 11:19 AM

    Berlin, Germany has new detailed photos dated from Spring/Summer 2006

    Enviado por: Watch at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 05:41 PM

    Updated part of Liguria (Northern Italy), namely the zone of Albenga and Alassio.
    Good job!

    Enviado por: Giuseppe Gazerro at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 09:04 AM

    I reckon that either Denmark or Belgium will be the next countries to get high resolution photos all over the country.

    Enviado por: danielsalex at 5 de Octubre 2006 a las 04:33 PM

    The philippines also has a few new areas in High Res, including the city of Legaspi in the Bikol region.

    Enviado por: Chris Hill at 15 de Octubre 2006 a las 12:48 PM

    Google earth is fantastic although Id like improved resolution of the Hutt Valley (Wellington, NZ) and a new shot of Petone (Wellingto, NZ) to remove the annoying cloud cover.

    Is Google Earth going to do a night time version? Cities lit up at night accross a continent would look great.

    A live version is to much to ask...

    Enviado por: Nathan at 7 de Diciembre 2006 a las 08:29 PM

    Is there any why to know when the last shots of a particular region where taken? The images of my area are pretty old, but I would love it if there was a list or a tool that would tell you the image for long:xxx and lat:yyy is 12 months old, etc.

    Enviado por: Peter at 26 de Diciembre 2006 a las 04:22 PM

    Peter, unfortunately no. This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions and Google has not been implementing a way to look at the meta data showing the date of photos.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 27 de Diciembre 2006 a las 08:05 AM

    When the hell is google going to update the satelite photos to 2007!?

    the images on google earth are still 2005ish

    Enviado por: Thisnigga at 8 de Febrero 2007 a las 08:39 PM

    Im am getting very tired of seeing the places from about 6 years ago, when in the world are you guys going to update man, people are going to start uninstalling GE from there computer, so can ya please, please, please, please update.

    Enviado por: Pop at 16 de Febrero 2007 a las 01:04 PM

    I agree. I just down loaded GE on my new dell with VISTA. These arial shots of Porter Texas are 5 years old< my version is 4.0.2737 ..... Satilites are zooooming by every minute. Whats up with the up date.

    Enviado por: chuck Sanders at 17 de Febrero 2007 a las 01:31 AM

    Capital of Bosnia , Sarajevo has new 3D buildings and high resolution . jeeeeeeee . i sugest you to turn on the terrain and look around ,we are all soranded by mountains and its cool to be in the center of the city and look around. see you

    Enviado por: anis at 16 de Mayo 2007 a las 04:59 AM

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