Google Maps Engine Lite Beta; Street View Imagery of Fukushima Namie-machi Launches

Google Maps Engine Lite Beta helps create, collaborate and share advanced custom maps. Fukushima's Namie-machi imagery on Google Maps. Map Maker in the United Kingdom.

Google Maps Engine Lite in beta, is an easy-to-use free tool, offering mapping enthusiast to create and share robust custom maps.

"Maps Engine Lite is currently only available in English, and lets you import small spreadsheets of locations onto a comprehensive map, visualize those places through a variety of styling and drawing options, and organize and compare up to three different data sets for your non-business purposes," informs Google.

Google Maps Engine Lite Beta: Import My Maps

Google Maps Engine Lite Beta

If you have already created My Maps, "you can import your existing My Maps, layering them with still more information to make them more detailed and helpful than ever before. These My Maps will continue to be available for people who want to create simple custom maps, and will eventually be incorporated into Google Maps Engine Lite," Google explains.

To try Google Maps Engine Lite for your own custom mapping needs, visit

Google has also released the imagery of Fukushima exclusion zone town Namie-machi on Google Maps.

Since the nuclear accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, all of Namie-machi's 21,000 townspeople have had to flee their homes.

"Google's Street View cars drove through Namie-machi to capture panoramic images of the abandoned city exactly as it stands today--and is now available on Google Maps and the Memories for the Future site, so anyone from Namie or around the world can view it," writes Google.

Check out the Namie-machi Street View imagery here.

Google Maps Street View Imagery of Namie, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture

Update 04/11: More than 40,000 people around the world are making contributions and improving Google Maps through Google Map Maker each month.

Now, starting today, U.K. Googlers and community members too can use Google Map Maker to make the map of the United Kingdom (along with Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey) more comprehensive and accurate than ever before.

Once approved, these improvements will appear across Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile.

You can refer this Help Center to get started.

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