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January 2010
What's New in Google Earth?

Haiti Imagery in Google Earth

Haiti Imagery in Google Earth
When the devastating M 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 14th, we worked hard with our imagery partner GeoEye to acquire, process and publish their latest satellite imagery. To the general public this imagery illustrates the scale of destruction and to disaster response teams, it is an invaluable source to aid their efforts. To view this imagery, download the KML file here and open it in Google Earth. It is also viewable via the 'Historical Imagery' feature. We'll continue to update this layer as we acquire more data. Stay up to date at the Google Lat Long Blog.

Real-time USGS earthquake feed

Real-time USGS earthquake feed
The M 7.0 earthquake in Haiti and the much smaller M 4.1 in the San Francisco Bay area this month are reminders that earthquakes are an everyday occurrence no matter how large or small they are. Monitor earthquake activity in real-time through the USGS feed in Google Earth. Open up the 'Gallery' folder and click on 'Earthquakes'. The USGS also maintains their own KML file , which contains links to even more details. You can also enter 'earthquake' as a query in a Google search box to view recent worldwide earthquake activity.

Winter Olympic Venues in Google Earth

Winter Olympic Venues in Google Earth
The Google Earth team is pretty excited about the upcoming Winter Olympics! In December we added 3D buildings for a number of venues in the Vancouver area. We recently published the remaining buildings, including the Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Sliding Centre. There are over fifty buildings in total, all of them developed using Google SketchUp. Want to (virtually) experience what it feels like to stare down the ski jump? Fire-up Google Earth and steer your 3D mouse to Vancouver and Whistler!

New and Updated Imagery

New and Updated Imagery
In addition to the latest Haiti satellite imagery , new and updated imagery was also added to Google Earth in early January. Updates include new Spot imagery in Canada, high-resolution updates for Fresno, Austin (USA), and many parts of France. Take a look at the changes for yourself (marked in red) by viewing this file in Google Earth. Don't forget you can use the View -> Historical Imagery option to see other imagery choices through the time slider.

Google Earth in Audi A8

Google Earth in Audi A8
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. To deliver on this mission while you're on the go, Google has teamed up with Audi, the first car manufacturer to bring Google Earth directly into your vehicle! Within its newly unveiled A8, Audi has created the ultimate Google Earth experience complete with 3D satellite imagery, terrain information, Wikipedia to learn more about your surroundings or Panoramio images to get another view. Read more.

More Cities in 3D

More Cities in 3D
In the US, you can now explore photo-realistic 3D buildings in Detroit, Tucson, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Fly across the Atlantic to also visit Florence and Milan. Take a virtual stroll through Milan's Piazza Duomo or cross the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. (Tip: Turn on the "3D Buildings" layer) Many of the 3D buildings in Google Earth are created by citizen modelers using free tools. Visit our 'Your World in 3D' site to learn how you can participate in the worldwide geo-modeling effort!

Google Earth Outreach on Twitter

Networking socially with Google Earth Outreach
We're excited to inform you that Google Earth Outreach has created @earthoutreach on Twitter and a Facebook page that we're really looking forward to connecting with you on... so network with us! We decided to venture into these new social networking platforms to aid the spread of information about the efforts of NGO's and non-profits that are geographically organizing their data as well as quickly communicating the good work these groups are doing. Please read more.

Where in the World?

Where in the World?
Somewhere in the Google Earth imagery is this interesting feature. Can you find it? Be sure to click the image above for a larger view of this location. See if you can be the first person with the correct answer here. Perhaps you'd like some clues on where to start your search? OK!

  • This location is situated in the southern portion of planet earth's largest 'peaceful sea'.
  • Part of a country that became independent from the UK on 10 October 1970.
  • This area was visited in 1840 as part of the United States Exploring Expedition.

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