Climbing Into 2,000 Degree Volcano
Extraordinary video of a guy standing in an active volcano, above a lake of molten lava, bubbling and erupting before his eyes is burning up the internet.
The temperature inside the volcano is a searing 2,000 degrees!
Sam Cossman is a hi-tech entrepreneur from San Francisco. He traveled to the island nation of Vanuatu, near New Zealand, to the Marum Volcano, one of the most active on the planet.
INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander asked, “Why would you want to do this?”
He said, “It is one of the most dangerous places in the world. You know there are not many places in the world where you can say, ‘I am among, perhaps the only, or among a small subset of humans who have actually touched this place."
At the summit the heat is intense and the air is filled with toxic gas.
To reach the lava lake, he descended 1,200 feet into the crater. That's the height of the Empire State Building!
As he got closer to the bubbling lava, the temperature soared and he put on heat resistant gear.
He told INSIDE EDITION, “Even with the suit on you can only stand there for a few seconds before you have to back down from the lava.”
Alexander asked, "You are just this tiny man in a silver suit. So close to this bubbling volcano. Were you ever scared?"
He replied, "My adrenaline eclipsed most of my fear. There were certainly some moments in question. The lava is continuously splashing up. Couple of instances where it came and landed on us, pellets would cool in mid air and land on our helmets and suits. It was quite extreme and quite awesome.”