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Colombia Mudslides

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After Tragedy The Ruins Still stand.. Gramalote, Colombia

Alejandrogutierrezlonga

In a land full of rainforests and mountains, mudslides and floodings are an all-too-common occurrence in Colombia. In this poignant film, Alejandrogutierrezlonga flies over the still-standing historic ruins of Gramalote, Colombia, abandoned after devastating mudslides and floods. The somber footage captures the dignity of the once beautiful structures that have, at least for now, escaped total destruction. The city is located in North Santander, one of the 32 departments (states) into which Colombia is divided.

Northern California Fires

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Devastation in California: Santa Rosa's Fires

Douglas Thron

One of the ironies of the beauty of the great USA state of California is how fragile it all is.  Earthquakes, mudslides, and forest fires regularly visit devastation on the Golden State.  In this video, top contributor and pilot Douglas Thron used a drone to show the devastation of local homes in the Santa Rosa area, north of San Francisco, from a wildfire which raged out of control for days during the month of October, 2017.  This production was shared by many media outlets across the country. 

Hurricane Harvey Damage in North Carolina

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Hurricane Matthew Devastates NC

nelsonaerialpros

In August, 2017, Hurricane Harvey ended a twelve year period where no hurricane hit the United States  mainland.  The Category 4 storm made landfall near the border between the states of Texas and Louisiana and caused over $125 billion in damage, a figure which was roughly comparable in severity to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  In this drone video by AirVuz contributor nelsonaerialpros, you'll see the damage caused by the massive storm as it moved inland, to a small town in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.

Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

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Post-Hurricane Mapping in Puerto Rico - Global Air Media

GlobalAirMedia

Hurricane Maria devestated large areas around the Caribbean Sea in late 2017.  Amongst the hardest hit areas was the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory which bore the brunt of the historic storm.  The island saw some of the worst devastation from a natural disaster ever visited on US soil, with over a thousand people killed and some areas enduring months without power.  In this video, content creator and drone pilot Global Air Media shows how drone mapping was used in the disaster recovery. 

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia

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Droning a Volcano Eruption

AerialRhianna

Contributor and drone pilot AerialRhianna was able to aerially capture an eruption of Mt. Sinabung, a very active volcano in the north central part of the gigantic island of Sumatra in Indonesia.  After four centuries of dormancy, the volcano began erupting again in 2010.  This video was filmed during an eruption event in 2013, which casued the evacuation of almost 4,000 people.  There were further eruptions in 2014 and 2016;  the latter case, an eruption killed seven people who were in the area.  

Tropical Storm Rita in the Philippines

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Rosita Storm - Catanduanes

@surf.the.sky

Contributor and drone pilot @surf.the.sky shares aerial footage of tropical storm Rosita taking over a beach on the Catanduanes Island in the Philippines.  It's part of the Bicol region, off the southeastern part of Luzon, the most populous island in the country.  The relaxing vibe of the island is suddenly shaken when a violent wave sweeps in, flooding the entire beach full of vacationers and grass covered huts. How do things turn out in the aftermath of Rosita? Keep watching to see for yourself.

Fires in Malibu, California

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Devasting Malibu Woolsey FIRE Aftermath Drone Footage

jayxlamar

In the fall of 2018, destruction and tragedy came in the form of blazes when the Woolsey wildfire swept through areas of the Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California.  Contributor jayxlamar documented with his drone how the inferno completely ravaged a residential area .  The aerial footage reveals that all that remains are swimming pools, chimneys, and a few lucky properties that were untouched.

Hurricane Doria in the Bahamas

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Dog Spotted by Drone and Rescued in Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

Douglas Thron

Top contributor Douglas Thron has gained international recognition for his use of drone photography and video to visually convey the tragedy of natural disasters.  In this video, his skills are put to use in the Bahamas, parts of which were devastated by Hurricane Dorian when one of history's most powerful storms ripped through the islands in August of 2019.  In this case, his drones served an additional purpose - they were used to find rescue dogs that were regularly becoming trapped in the wreckage.  

Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

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LOMBOK INDONESIA

HAMDANI

This video by contributor and drone pilot Hamdani captures the Indonesian island of Lombok as it recovered from a powerful earthquake in 2018.   The main shock, which occurred on August 5, 2018, registered a 7.0 on the Richter Scale.  It was preceded and succeeded by quakes in the 6+ range.  The epicenter was near a small town in the North Lombok Regency, in the northern part of the island.  Lombok is the principal island of the West Nusa Tengarra region, immediately east of Bali in southern Indonesia.  

Forest Fire Smoke over San Francisco

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San Francisco Smoke

sfdrones

Sfdrones created this amazing (if haunting) drone video of San Francisco choked in smoke from nearby wildfires.  As the sun struggles to fight through the smoke, you will see some of the most familiar (and beautiful) sights of the city (including the Financial District and Rincon Park) from a completely different perspective.  The most chilling footage shows the new Salesforce Tower, now the tallest building in the city, looming menacingly in the distance.  The smoke triggered major air quality alerts.  

Tornado Damage near Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville TN Tornado 2020- Drone captures destruction hours after F-3 tornado rips through

DereksAerial

In early March of 2020, the central part of the USA state of Tennessee was devastated by a series which ripped through the area east of Nashville.  Due in part to weather forecasting errors, the giant storm descended on the state without sufficient warning.  At least two dozen were killed and thousands of structures were damaged in one of the state's most deadly natural disasters.  AirVuz contributor DereksAerial captured this aerial footage of the devastation, which was used to solicit assitance to aid the region in its recovery.

Italy's Vaia Winter Storm

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Aftermath of the “Vaia” storm

daniele bolgia

Top contributor and pilot Daniele Bolgia used a drone to chronicle the extensive damage which the Vaia storm inflicted on northern Italy in October, 2018.  The storm downed thousands upon thousands of trees in the mountainous areas spread across several regions in the northeastern part of the country.  The area shown here is in the Trentino province, which is part of the Trentino-Alto-Adigio region and which took the brunt of the monster storm.  The firece storm was one of the worst to hit Italy in many decades.  

Hurricane Michael Damage in Florida

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Hurricane Michael Aftermath from Land, Air & Sea

8 Fifty Productions

Hurricane Michael struck the coast of Florida's "panhandle" on the Gulf of Mexico in early October, 2018, the first Category 5 storm to hit the mainland United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  The massive hurricane caused at least 74 deaths, most of which were in the USA and the balance in Central America, as well as an estimated $25 billion in property damage and other economic losses.  You can see the devastation wrought by the storm in this excellent piece from contributor 8 Fifty Productions.  

Wind Storm in Northeastern Italy

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Devastation at Carezza

Abstract Aerial Art

Contributor and pilot Abstract Aerial Art captured the devastation from severe winds near Lago di Carezza (Karersee) in northeastern italy.  The lake is near the town of Welschnofen in the South Tyrol province, part of the Trentino Alto Adige region.  As you will see in the video, the area suffered massive tree damage from a storm that produced extreme winds which wreaked havoc on vast forested areas.  It will likely take centuries for this area to repair the damage caused in just a few short hours.

Profile of Nelsonaerialpros

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The Drone Dish: nelsonaerialpros

The Drone Dish

AirVuz contributor and pilot Jordan Nelson is a professional drone pilot based in North Carolina, in the Southeastern USA. His company, Nelson Aerial Productions, offers drone services of all shapes and sizes. One of his specialties is using drones to chronicle and otherwise assist with natural disasters.  In this episode, host Tyler Mason catches up with Jordan to talk about his aerial video work, and his desire to use drones to both document natural disasters and to help their victims.  

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