Aug 16, 2017 | Updated: 01:24 PM EDT

Drones Now Able To Capture Real-time Snaps Of Guatemalan Volcano

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Volcanic eruption captured by drones in Guatemala
(Photo : BBC/University of Cambridge) Volcanic eruption captured by drones in Guatemala

The superlative volcanos, namely, Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya have been huge subjects of speculations for researchers. Situated in Guatemala, both of these volcanos have been known to have strange nature. Both of these still use to blast very often and suddenly and extract lava. Having such suspective characteristics, both Fuego and Pacaya were two of the hardest places to reach out for any research work. But, not so more, as a team of researchers has been able to reach out to these with the help lightweight modern sensors recently.

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According to Phys, the group of researchers including, volcanologists and engineers, coming straight from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, have been able to examine the volcanos directly from within volcanic clouds. The study was done with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having the visual and thermal camera, which can take snaps even in the harsh atmosphere. The UAVs were able to capture moments from the distance of up to 8 km away, at the height of 3 km from the launch site.

As per a report by BBC News, the UAVs flew just 3700 meters over the Volcán de Fuego, keeping up with the updates of the atmospheric changes of the volcano. It should be noted in this context that, the volcano's violent nature has already threatened up more than 60,000 people living in the different regions of Guatemala. The majority of them are often affected by the sudden strikes of the volcano. The drones have now been initiated with the task of keeping an eye on these dangerous outbursts of liquid lava.

Moreover, the team is also working on to getting more insights about the volcano's measurement of temperatures, thermal conditions, and humidity of the volcano. They have even planned to implement some more such drones equipped with the gas analyzer and more.


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