This Volcano's Lava Is Cold. You Can Fall In And Survive

Written by Ana Krneta
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Now, you may be thinking to yourself 510℃ is still pretty darn hot, and you're not wrong. Heck, most of our ovens get to that temperature. It’s just in comparison to other volcanoes that you realize how truly ‘cool’ it actually is. And, there is something to be said for the fact that if you fall into any other active volcano you're not making it out alive. Someone has actually fallen into Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, and lived to tell the tale.

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In 2007, a porter from the local Maasai tribe fell into one of the active lava flows in the crater. Somehow, he managed to get climb out of the volcano even though he had sustained severe burns to his arms and his legs. He had to go to the hospital, but he survived.

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He is the only person in recorded history that has fallen into an active volcano and made it out alive. The lava flows from Ol Doinyo Lengai much faster than other lava as well; lava is very slow moving and almost never flows more than 10 km per hour. Ol Doinyo Lengai lava though, would be very hard to outrun. Guess it's a good thing the cooler lava is the faster one.

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He is the only person in recorded history that has fallen into an active volcano and made it out alive. The lava flows from Ol Doinyo Lengai much faster than other lava as well; lava is very slow moving and almost never flows more than 10 km per hour. Ol Doinyo Lengai lava though, would be very hard to outrun. Guess it's a good thing the cooler lava is the faster one.

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