Video of 2018 UAS imagery

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The 2018 Kīlauea Volcano lower East Rift Zone eruption was the first time Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) were used by the Federal Government to assist with an eruption response in the U.S. The UAS (drones) surveyed areas that were too hazardous for field crews or manned aircraft to access, collected multiple types of data, and provided 24/7 real-time situational awareness.

This 4.5-minute video includes UAS imagery from missions flown at Kīlauea's summit and along the volcano's lower East Rift Zone between May 21 and November 8, 2018. It can also be viewed or downloaded from the USGS Multimedia Gallery

The 2018 Kīlauea Volcano eruption marked the first time the federal government used Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to assist in an eruption response in the United States. The UAS were used to survey areas otherwise inaccessible or too hazardous for field crews or manned aircraft, collect multiple types of data, and provide 24/7 real-time situational awareness at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit and lower East Rift Zone. This video includes UAS footage from missions flown on May 21, May 27, June 8, June 13, November 7, and November 8, 2018.

Liz Westby, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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