The GoPro endured molten lava from a volcano and managed to survive


This incredible footage was taken as a GoPro films itself being melted by lava on the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii.

The dramatic two minute video shows the lava flowing towards the camera before engulfing it in flames — an ordeal which the GoPro miraculously survived.

At the end of the footage, the camera goes momentarily blank before you see a man standing over it surveying the damage.

The owner of the GoPro, Erik Storm, is the lead guide of Kilauea EcoGuides and he told US website PetaPixel that the incident happened while he was on tour about 16 months ago.

The molten lava engulfed the GoPro while it was in its housing but Storm didn’t know the camera had survived until he returned home and saw that the Wi-Fi light was still blinking.

After salvaging the SD card, he realised that the incredible footage remained intact.

However, Storm did admit to the publication that the camera did not work quite as well as it previously had.

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The video has since gone viral, raking up over two and a half million views and counting on YouTube.

We knew that GoPros were strong but this incredible survival story takes that to a whole other level. If you have ever had any incredible GoPro survival stories, then do tell us about them in the comments below.

While we can’t say we recommend creating GoPro films by placing them in lava, The Video Mode has previously rounded up some great accessories to help capture your footage in extreme conditions. Whether you’re planning to send your camera down a waterfall or attach it to your chest while skydiving, check out our list of seven GoPro accessories you need to own.

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