Vanuatu volcano eruption–caught by drone.

A volcano’s paroxysms – sudden, violent outbursts – in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu were caught by a camera flown on a Dji Phantom drone, at times flying in the airborne debris. The images of Yasur volcano on Tanna island are from Shaun O’Callaghan, with video posted on YouTube.

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  • Grannymar Mar 13, 2014

    This is both fascinating and scary.
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    • Mike Mar 13, 2014

      I agree! I've never been close to an erupting volcano, but they fascinate me. We used to live near Craters of the Moon National Monument and a hiked over around the lava fields, cinder cones and dormant volcanoes there and in other places, including Yellowstone.

  • Rummuser Mar 13, 2014

    Awesome! Sharing on fb.
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    • Mike Mar 13, 2014

      Sounds good!

  • Alan G Mar 14, 2014

    Wow… awesome video. Never had thought about using a drone for something like monitoring volcano activity. Very good idea. I wonder if video is stored in drone or transmitted to home base in real time?
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    • Mike Mar 14, 2014

      The integrated camera's output is transmitted. The drone's controller has a mount for a smart phone and the smart phone has an ap for processing the camera output as either photos or video. The drone has autopilot and gps controls that apparently make it easier to control. With output on the smart phone's screen, the drone's pilot actually sees the flight from the perspective of the drone, adding to the ease of flying it.

      I had assumed that the person flying the drone could see what was happening from the way that the image backed away during some of the volcanic outbursts.

  • Hilary Mar 16, 2014

    Hi Mike – what an amazing clip – loved watching it .. though glad that spewing lava was on the screen and not bursting out towards me ..

    Cheers – great find .. Hilary
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    • Mike Mar 16, 2014

      I'm always fascinated by volcanoes for some reason, though I wouldn't want to be too close to one when it goes off.

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