Category: Google Earth

September 20, 2005

Google Earth Satellite Imagery Update includes Harare, Zimbabwe

The BBS Keyhole site which is the home of the Google Earth community just announced a major update to the Google Earth Satellite imagery as well as the addition of a National Geographic layer that indexes content from National Geographic Magazine about the continent of Africa. I’m pleased to see that Harare in Zimbabwe (via Google Earth KMZ bookmark), where I lived for 30 years before moving to Botswana and then the UK, is on the the list.

Key components of the update are as follows:

National Geographic Content

  • Feature stories and images
  • 500 Megaflyover scenes
  • Sights & Sounds multimedia content
  • Live WildCam in Botswana

Global Imagery Updates

Very High Resolution Areas
Jacksonville, FL 2004; Los Angeles, CA 2003; Oxnard, CA 2004; Tampa/St.Petersburg 2002

New High-Resolution Areas
Wilmington, NC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Quito, Ecuador; Caracas, Venezuela; La Paz, Bolivia; Canary Islands; Brussels, Belgium; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Belgrade, Serbia; Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Kiev, Ukraine; Mumbai, India; Bangalore, India; Hyderabad, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hiroshima, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Sapporo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Saertu, China; Havana, Cuba; Harare, Zimbabwe; Liverpool, UK; Portsmouth, UK; Middlesborough/Hartlepool, UK; Darwin, Australia

Updated or Additional Coverage Areas
Nashville, TN; Quebec, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Venice, Italy; Milan, Italy; Birmingham, UK; Plymouth, UK; Dublin, Ireland; Frankfurt, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Ankara, Turkey; New Delhi, India; Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, South Korea; Pyongyang, North Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; Cape Town, South Africa;

Google Earth Community

A new forum, National Geographic Content, has been created for placemarks and discussions about the content in the National Geographic layers.

I wonder if the Zimbabwean Government will be as upset as the Koreans were about Google making satellite photos of their country publicly available? Then again, I don’t think they have any Nuclear Facilities or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to speak of. More on countries that have Google Earth Privacy and Security Concerns.

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September 6, 2005

Kathryn Cramer blogs Hurricane Katrina

Kathryn Cramer has some excellent Hurricane Katrina coverage on her blog in the following posts:

Posts by her sister, Karen Cramer Shea:

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September 6, 2005

Google provides satellite imagery of Hurricane Katrina aftermath

Google Maps now provides you with an overlay to give you a before and after picture of areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, such as New Orleans (click on the red Katrina Button). Google Earth also has a page which allows you to take a look at Hurricane Katrina imagery by downloading KMZ files which provide “image overlays” – instructions for using this page are provided on the Google Blog.

Really interesting stuff, I wonder how often they’re going to update the images in the future? Perhaps we’ll see the flooded portions of the Gulf Coast return to normal through the eyes of Google. 

To look at further satellite imagery which shows the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, Biloxi and the Mississippi Coastline check out Digital Globe. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also has some Aerial Photos of Hurricane Katrina’s path which cover such areas as Bay St Louis, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Middle Bay, all in Mississippi. Of course, don’t forget to check out Hurricane Katrina photos via the Katrina Flickr Tag as well as Flickr Katrina Clusters.

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