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No, it’s not a Dante’s Peak sequel: Watch a GoPro keep filming as it’s engulfed in lava

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Mar 21, 2018, 12:56 PM EDT (Updated)

Remember those old memes that joked about the Nokia 3310 being indestructible? Well, that was then and this is now, because the GoPro will become the new face of that meme. Here's some proof.

Recently Erik Storm, the owner and lead guide of Kilauea EcoGuides in Hawaii, was filming the flow of lava when his GoPro was accidentally placed in the "line of fire," so to speak, and covered with the molten rock, which you'd think would turn any organic matter into a pool of flaming goop. Storm recovered the camera once the lava cooled only to miraculously find that, apart from some melting, the camera had survived the intense heat of Mother Nature. 


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“I was telling a story when the molten lava completely engulfed my GoPro (with housing on) and it caught on fire,” Storm told PetaPixel. “I used a geology rock hammer to pull it out of the lava and thought it was a total loss." 

When he got home, Storm saw the Wi-Fi light was still blinking, and even better than that, the SD card was undamaged, with its footage completely intact. 

Watch what it's like to be covered in molten lava and please, never, EVER try this at home, especially if you live within close proximity to an active volcano. Storm never intended for his camera to be engulfed in the stuff, and he certainly never expected it to survive the high-level temperatures of liquid magma, which can be as high as 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

“The camera even still worked although not as well as it did before. Truly amazing it survived!” he said.