Drones Capture Terrifyingly Sudden Coastal Erosion

Let the machine observe humanity’s folly

An unblinking mechanical eye surveys the edge of the world, watching the line where human hubris falls to nature’s wrath. After El Niño storms tore the edge off Pacifica, California, photojournalist Dave Kent took his drone to where the apartments meet water, and captured a series of breathtaking displays, straight out of a disaster movie or apocalypse parable.

In nine videos, he captures the extent of the emergency.

Watch, below, and meditate on the fragility of humanity and all its works:

Kelsey D. Atherton
Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Atherton is a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.