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GoPro gets engulfed in lava and lives to tell the tale

Have you ever imagined what it would look like to get engulfed in volcanic lava? Probably not, but you might want to check this out anyway.

This footage was captured by a GoPro camera that miraculously survived 1,000-degree molten lava.

At around the 1:30 mark, the GoPro is covered in lava and flames start to flicker in front of the lens.

It’s kind of pretty really, resembling an art film that might be made by a uni student who smokes a lot and has just read Nietzsche for the first time. It would be awesome with narration by Werner Herzog.

The last shot is pretty amazing – the fire is out and a person is looking down at the brave GoPro. Yup, it lived to tell the tale.

Erik Storm, the owner and lead guide for Hawaii’s Kilauea EcoGuides, told CNET that he had placed the camera to film the lava and forgot about it.

“I was telling a story about the Polynesian goddess Pele to my guests when my GoPro was hit by the lava,” he said.

“I am very passionate about what I do and sometimes get lost in providing our guests with cultural and scientific information.”

Storm said that he had to use a geologist rock hammer to bash the GoPro out of the rock and was surprised to learn the camera still worked.

Some people doubt the story and even suspect it could be some kind of viral campaign by GoPro.

So how did the camera survive? It seems that the waterproof plastic covering may have played a role in protecting it. The GoPro most likely got very lucky.

But Storm told CNET the story is all true and warns others not to try and make viral videos with lava.

Breaking stuff is super popular on YouTube – for example, there’s that hydraulic press channel – so it’s easy to imagine some idiot taking stuff to a volcano and chucking it in on purpose.

I can just see it now.”Volcano vs 100 Kinder Eggs!” Seriously, don’t do this, YouTubers.

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