New Google Earth Imagery – March 17

It’s been a little while since the most recent imagery update, but thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Munden’, we’re now aware that Google has just pushed out a new update!


As is usually the case, you can use Google Maps to determine for sure whether or not a specific area is fresh. This new imagery isn’t in Google Maps yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what’s new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Earth, but the old imagery is still in Google Maps. If you compare the two side-by-side and they’re not identical, that means that you’ve found a freshly updated area in Google Earth!

[UPDATED – 17-March, 11:31am EST]

  • Bahrain: Entire country
  • Canada: Quebec (Granby, Farnham) — thanks ‘Lurgee’
  • Germany: Kappeln, Bad Münstereifel, Wittlich, Kastellaun, Sinzig, Horb am Neckar, Rottenburg am Neckar and others — thanks ‘margin-auto’
  • Japan: (pre-earthquake) Ishinomaki, Kakuda, Minamisoma, Nashushiobara, Soma, Tokyo, Tsuchiura, Tsukuba, Yokohama
  • Poland: Poznan — thanks ‘Paker’
  • Ukraine: Kiev — thanks ‘Roman’
  • United Kingdom: Wales (northern half)
  • United States: California (Arcata, Lone Pine, Los Banos, Merced, Williams, Yuba City), Florida (Boca Raton, Gainesville, Ocala, Oxford, Palm Springs, Spring Hill), Georgia (Buchanan, Jefferson, Savannah), Kansas (Lawrence, Manhattan, Wamego), North Carolina (Asheville), Washington (Sequim, Carlsborg), Wyoming (much of Yellowstone Park including Old Faithful) — thanks ‘GT’ and ‘S B’

New Google Earth imagery of post-earthquake Japan

GeoEye is moving very fast after the major earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan yesterday, already pushing out some fresh imagery from Tokyo, Kamaishi and Kushiro.

[UPDATE: Fukushima and Yokohama now available as well]


To see the imagery for yourself, simply download the appropriate file below:

Tokyo: KML

Kamaishi: KML

Kushiro: KML

Fukushima: KML

Yokohama: KML

They’re posting continual update on the @EarthOutreach Twitter account, so stay tuned to that for the most recent imagery as it becomes available.

Also, they’ve just created a special Google Map to show all of the fresh imagery they’ve pushed out, so keep an eye on that as well.

App Engine team appearances Winter 2011

The Google App Engine team has launched some significant features recently, including: High Replication Datastore, Channel API, Always On, Warm Up requests, longer 10-minute (vs. 30-second) limit for tasks, and increased API call sizes. We are excited about these features and think you will be too, so team members will be appearing at a variety of events around the world this Winter to talk about some of these features and the platform as a whole!

One of the marquee events this quarter include
PyCon, the largest gathering of Python developers from around the world, where several App Engine team members will be speaking:

Winter 2011 event appearances:

  • Jan 18 – ICT Meet Ethiopia 2011 – Addis Ababa – Richard Ngamita
  • Jan 22 – Google Hackathon (Year One Labs) – Montréal – Sean Lynch
  • Feb 1-3 – Strata – Santa Clara – Patrick Chanezon
  • Feb 14-16 – Jfokus – Stockholm – Patrick Chanezon
  • Feb 17-18 – Developer Summit – Tokyo – Takashi Matsuo
  • Feb 28-Mar 4 – Game Developers Conference – San Francisco – Fred Sauer
  • Mar 9-17 – PyCon – Atlanta – Guido van Rossum; Wesley Chun; Ikai Lan; Brett Slatkin
  • Mar 11-15 – SXSW – Austin – Sean Lynch; Greg D’alesandre
  • Mar 28-31 – Int’l WWW Conference – Hyderabad – Patrick Chanezon; Rajdeep Dua

If these aren’t close enough to you, keep an eye out on this list as we’ll add new events as they materialize. There is also a separate calendar for events featuring other Google products/APIs. For App Engine, look for posts like this throughout the year. We look forward to meeting you in 2011!