Researchers use drones to study lava in Hawaii

ABC News' Clayton Sandell talks with researchers from the University of Hawaii at Hilo near fountains of lava.
4:53 | 05/23/18

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Hey gang it's clippings and here at ABC news thanks for click on us it is hard for me to describe without you be. Your G. What a bizarre and end up extraordinarily impressive the scene of mother nature were seeing here. On the big of Hawaii that is Kilroy later an eruption in here and they. Sad part about this right gamble lawless here used to be neighborhood of but don't have homes that have now been. Destroyed and I and you see these fountains that. In the sensors about a 14850. Yards away promised the a little bit closer. Up you're getting just tremendous sound is coming out of immediate have options right now that. That was pouring hissing is that gas coming out with wild weather also a popping and crackling it might be hearing that has been robbed as it advances but. The landscape and interacts with some of the trees and shrubs and other structures are down here what can talk to Jonathan Pryce thanks for joining us you are the she Arab geography department. At the university of for the whole I got that. Tony what we're looking at this is so. Well where is an extraordinary. Such as farming landscape. He hides. Consolidating into cones and they're establishing flow channels reached the ocean. But just days ago this is 26 Jordan receipt and it's like right out of science fiction movie here. News don't see this every day. Yeah it's it's certainly heroin for the people who live here on this I just I I'm I'm I'm without we're against just seeing something this it's it's it's incredible. This is part of a lot of people that mrs. delay Lonnie in the states. That's guess neighborhood a lot of people are evacuated from C a couple of people still walking around who have stayed a parent I. But this is this is when we are a safe distance away had ticket. It did wrecked after the fumes richer but it's certainly a concern right. Beyond its yeah work well they kept ops were way above where any of the lava is going to be flowing. How come it's still it's still not to have of our hearts pounding it into just whip with being being this close to. Yeah yeah I got us here that are protecting us from if we need them from some of the toxic gasses that are that are coming out. One of the things that officials and and folks here had been concerned about it's hard to see but over there in the distance. There's a geothermal. And cap are all of the miles so that the lot of didn't get in. Some additional explosions and really have a gap but they. Feel that they have now gotten a handle on matters they did injure now is fairly low but as you concede this. Is still going strong and it. It's anybody's guess how long this will last. This had come from what I hear from problems from the geological community eyewitness were monitoring it we are here. The UAT team and our specialty is wrapping. And drone to college and so that's what we've been doing monitoring the flow we're using thermal imagery Tucker elegy to Gupta. That was a look at it and I think in a lot of detail things we will not be able to see just with with an that I even during the day. Armed with an I doing this the team via we've been to several look should now and you. Looking at cracks in the road at that the last stop what was that telling him. Just telling us where we have potential shifting where we have heat and assuring every attempt ever changing situation out of we have to moderate monetary in over the course. Mission dated it and using the drone baton it. Sort of in a gap because there are being air traffic can't fly at night centered near the only ones out here kind of keep an eye on it yet. Duncan Y safe shadow at a low elevation. It can. And we put a camera saying things that we're not going to necessarily cede day connects to keep the technology. Is this just part of living. On the silent. Madam LA did it it certainly is now and and and and I think everybody on this island has a tremendous respect for pellet. At this point you don't personally know. Like this and it's and I'm still absorbing and you've been here for want to. Yup but it credit for that and this is this what you speechless absolutely. OK as. Ethical and honest we will. David. But that the scene. Here little estates on the island of Hawaii. Kill going don't know when it's gonna end. Thanks guys.

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