Video: Meet the GoPro That Survived Being Eaten Alive by Lava

If you ever wanted to know what you would see if you were swallowed by lava, this GoPro survived a lava flow to show you.

Okay, we all know GoPros are tough. We've seen them withstand being shot out of canons, dunked in liquid nitrogen, and even launched into space, but what's the one thing, other than maybe an asteroid the size of Texas, that you'd think a GoPro wouldn't survive? That's right: lava, 2000-degree molten rock that can so easily turn your precious lungs and skin into a crispy brick of char in seconds. It sounds appropriate to say a little action camera would be completely obliterated if it ever came into contact with the stuff, but watch how this GoPro gets swallowed up by a lava flow like it ain't no thang in the video below.

This mighty little GoPro belongs to Erik Storm, the owner and lead guide of Kilauea EcoGuides in Hawaii. As the story goes, Storm nestled his GoPro (in housing) into a crack to capture some lava flows on video when the camera was swallowed up by the molten death liquid and caught on fire. Using a geology rock hammer, Storm extracted the GoPro and chipped away at the cooled rock only to find that the Wi-Fi light was still blinking.

The damn thing survived being eaten by lava, you guys. That's definitely something GoPro should consider adding to its list of features.     

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That's Cool...

November 12, 2017 at 12:06AM

Sameir Ali
Director of Photography

...quite the opposite... ;-)

November 12, 2017 at 7:36AM


It's complete bu;; hockey. I did some research and the GoPro answered this to a fire fighter that asked about their heat resistance. The GoPro cameras max out at 125F, so it should handle the normal outdoor temperatures, but would likely not be able to handle the temperatures while fighting the fires. There are some cases available that can shield cameras from the direct heat, but there would likely need to be some type of cooling inside the case to keep the ambient temperature down too. It's something we can keep in mind for the future. I would like to see the cameras condition. You notice even though they had other cameras taking pictures you never get to see the camera that was supposed to have been in the lava.

November 16, 2017 at 11:26AM