Incredible life of ‘volcano chasers’ who dipped FEET in lava and eerily predicted their tragic deaths in freak explosion | The Sun
August 7, 2022
IN June 1991, a volcano which had been dormant for over 300 years violently erupted, wrecking havoc on everything that stood in its path.
The deadly explosion of Japan's Mount Unzen claimed the lives of 43 people, including volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft, who had dedicated their entire lives to studying the dangerous ruptures.
Jaw-dropping images of the blast show the a huge ball of toxic gas it spewed into the atmosphere.
Maurice, 45, and Katia, 49, were caught in the unpredictable pyroclastic flow – a chaotic mixture of rock fragments, hot gas and ash, that can travel at astonishing speeds – that unexpectedly engulfed a ridge they'd been sheltering on.
Studies of the earth in its aftermath revealed that the couple died next to each other – exactly where they had always been ever since they met.
Knowing how far they were prepared to go to feed their insatiable curiosity for volcanoes, the pair had eerily predicted they would one day meet such a devastating fate.
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A new National Geographic documentary called Fire of Love shares a fascinating insight into the daredevil couple's lives.
It features recordings made during their missions chasing after dangerous wonders of the world.
In one, Maurice chillingly states: "I want to get closer, right into the belly of the volcano. It will kill me one day, but that doesn't bother me at all."
Katia shared the same sentiment: "It is not that I flirt with death, but at that moment, I don't care at all. A fascination with danger? Perhaps."
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