GoPro Camera Filmed Itself Being Swallowed Up By Molten Lava And Survived

ZoominTVScienceTechnologyPublished: November 16, 2017156,352 viewsVirality: 28%
Published: November 16, 2017

A tour guide with Kilauea EcoTours wanted a very close up shot of hot lava, so his GoPro got put in the line of fire. This is the story of an innocent GoPro put in danger

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be consumed by lava? This incredible footage has emerged on the internet showing the moment that a stream of lava engulfs a GoPro camera during a volcanic eruption. Although the exterior of Erik Storm’s camera was almost completely destroyed, the lens somehow survived, and Erik was able to salvage the footage from the SD card inside, which shows the mass of boiling rock slowly slipping towards the camera during the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii in 2016. As the lava reaches the lens, flickering flames briefly appear before fire completely consumes the camera.

Erik Storm, the lead tour guide of Kilauea EcoGuides, was on a tour when he placed his GoPro into a crack to see if he could capture the lava flows. The resulting footage showed molten rock rolling towards the gadget which had been set up on the most active of the five volcanoes that form the archipelago's largest island, Hawaii. The camera is one tenacious trooper that can go through an extended and fiery bath in molten rock and still be somewhat functional.

This is the amazing story of a tough little GoPro camera that refused to die after being hit by molten lava, bursting into flames, and somehow surviving to shoot another day. Erik was telling a story when the molten lava, which typically reaches temperatures of between 700C to 1,200C, completely engulfed his GoPro before flames started to spark around it and it caught on fire.

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