Near me there is an area on Google Earth that is covered up by a gray square:

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The historical imagery for the tiles shows the underlying area and it is just a few ordinary upper middle class homes, nothing special or out of the ordinary.

Why would there be this random gray square appearing in just the current view?

  • FYI Satellite map images with missing or unclear data en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 20:36
  • I zoomed to the same coordinates and can see everything. Just a data transfer/rendering problem, I'm guessing.
    – cl3
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 20:40
  • Is it possible to clear the cache with Google Earth? If so trying clearing it and zooming to the same area again. I suspect it just hasn't downloaded correctly
    – Midavalo
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 20:44

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It appears to be some kind of cache corruption. So, the tiles are missing in the cache. They get rendered in historical mode, but not in current mode.

I restarted Google Earth and it did display the affected area, so it would appear to be just a cache corruption.

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