Daredevil climbs into active volcano in South Pacific

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A daredevil adventurer climbed down into an active volcano in the South Pacific and captured his experience with a GoPro.

George Kourounis and fellow explorer Sam Cossman rappelled 1,200 feet down the inside wall of the Marum volcano, wearing heat suits and stopping just 50 feet from the boiling hot lava.

Kourounis says he had to move away from the lava every couple of minutes because the sheer heat drained his energy. Some of the lava actually spurted up and melted the arms of his jacket. It also melted his camera.

But Kourounis says he was less worried about the lava than about the risk of being hit by crumbling and falling rocks; he described the sound of the bubbling lava as “Satan’s washing machine.”

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