When a volcano erupts, a certain 'conflict of priorities' can pop up in our brains. It's a fascinating and spectacular thing to witness — especially up close — but there's also the sudden and overwhelming urge to get as far away as possible, as fast as possible. That's where flying drones can really help out. The video above was filmed by one of DJI's Phantom Quad Copter drones, piloted by Shaun O'Callaghan as he flew it over Vanuatu's Mount Yasur volcano.
According to VolcanoDiscovery.com, Mt. Yasur is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and has been erupting continuously for at least the past 240 years (but likely much longer). The eruptions have calmed down over the six months or so, so that the alert status for the volcano was recently downgraded to just level 1, but they still put on a great show for tourists.
This second video, from Kurt Roll, shows a drone-camera view of Mt. Yasur from last July, when it was still more active, and the crater was throwing off someRead More »from Airborne drones capture mind-blowing videos of erupting volcanoes