When Yasur Volcano in Vanuatu, Australia erupted recently, renowned filmmaker and explorer Geoff Mackley had the best and worst vantage point to witness it.
Footage of the near-death incident shows Mackley crouching down and setting up a GoPro close to the crater when the volcano suddenly erupts, sending debris and lava flying everywhere.
Mackley’s friend was recording from a distance when the incident happened. He recalled in an interview with NZ Herald:
“My friend Geoff was setting up a GoPro camera at the crater’s edge,” he said. “The volcano suddenly had a huge explosion, sending lava bombs flying hundreds of feet through the air.
“First you can see the shock wave in the volcanic gas. Less than a second later, the shock wave and boom reach my position, shaking the camera. Then the lava bombs come firing out of the volcano at high speed.”
Fortunately, the 51-year-old Mackley, who describes himself as a ‘professional idiot’ due to the nature of his work, was left unscathed. Although we might not be able to say the same for his underwear.