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Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) video of the 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii


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DeSmither, L.G., Diefenbach, A.K., Dietterich, H.R., 2021, Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) video of the 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This dataset contains Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) footage from the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), Island of Hawai‘i. The four-month-long eruption, from May 3 to September 5, produced lava flows that destroyed 723 structures, inundated 35.5 km2 of land, and added 3.5 km2 of new land to the Island of Hawai‘i. There are 1178 UAS videos in this publication, recorded from May 27 to September 8, which have been separated into sub-pages by month. Videos taken during each month are separated into zipped files by date (YYYY/MM/DD) and location. Sub-pages for each month also contain a ReadMe text file with information pertaining to the videos, including flight end time, video duration, take off/landing [...]

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The videos were collected from various UAS platforms to support the USGS 2018 Kīlauea eruption response. The majority of video in this dataset were collected to aid in situational awareness, for scientists and emergency managers, during an evolving volcanic crisis. Additional videos were collected during gas measurement flights, and nadir video of lava channels and flows were also captured to calculate flow velocity.
UAS flight over lava channel
UAS flight over lava channel


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9BVENTG

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