Natural disasters suck, but they are a reality in the world we live in. The latest is an Earthquake that hit Taiwan which devistated buildings in highly populated areas. Internationally we’re starting to get familiar with post-crisis coverage and one great asset is footage from drones. Not only can this deliver a quick method of surveiling the extentent of the damage, it also allows emergency workers to hunt for trapped civilians.
In this video, we see multi-story appartment buildings that looks like the planet has played the worst game of dominos. These buildings, many of them built decades ago, were clearly never constructed using modern building standards and the forces emitted during the 6.4 magnitude earthquake left buildings collapsed and hundreds trapped in the wreckage.
As someone who’s visited Taiwan a couple of times, this emergency hits home more than most, it makes you think, what if I was in those buildings? Personally I’m thankful drone technology is available as it serves a very important public service during terrible events such as this. While people may have privacy concerns about drones, these are the times the light weight and relatively inexpensive, agile technology is an asset to the world.