Would You Survive If You Fell into a Volcano?


Now, you didn’t climb all the way to the
top of this volcano just to miss the best part. You wanna get the view of a lifetime, and
you’re not gonna let some guardrails get in your way. But – oops! – you fell right in! So, what happens now? Ok, let’s say you’re falling. The immediate thing that’s gonna happen
is you’ll start flailing your arms like a bird. Why you doing that? It’s not helping! Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. I’ll explain in a bit, but let’s move
on for now. You’ll also get a massive jolt of adrenaline
from the get-go. Adrenaline is the hormone that your Adrenal
glands release when your brain’s alarm system senses danger. It triggers your body’s “fight or flight
response.” Trust me, you’re already very familiar with
this function of your body. Like any time you’ve ever been caught doing
something wrong, embarrassing, or extreme, your heart started racing, palms got sweaty,
and your face flushed red. Same thing here only the stakes are way higher. You’ll immediately feel your heart speed
up, making you quicker. Sugars in your blood break down, and your
breathing gets faster. Faster breathing means more oxygen goes to
the brain and muscles – your focus will be sharper, and you’ll be stronger. In other words, your body has kicked into
survival mode, and (as you’ll find out here soon) it’s bordering on superhuman. But not Superman, my unfortunate friend. That “flight” part of “fight or flight”
isn’t literal. If only you had a jetpack! Wait, no, it would melt. Temperatures inside a volcano can top 2,000°F.
That means pretty much anything but titanium or platinum, which won’t melt until they
hit a toasty 3,000°F, will drip-drip-drip into nothing. With no jetpack, you at least need a titanium
jumpsuit because your skin and muscles don’t have such an outstanding melting point. Not that it really matters – you’d be
passed out by now anyway, as you fall to a lake of bubbly orange doom. Come to think of it, how did you get to the
mouth of that volcano in the first place? You’d be breathing carbon dioxide and sulfur,
which, sorry to break it to you, your lungs can’t handle. You’d pass out from lack of oxygen before
you even got close to the rim. Fine, we’ll do this thing hypothetically. No jetpack, no titanium suit, and gravity
is pulling you closer and closer to that fiery lake! You should be hitting rock bottom any second
now…Make that: magma bottom. You’ve been flapping your arms, and, of
course, you didn’t start flying. You do look funny, though, almost like a monkey
falling out of a tree! Yep, we instantly flail our arms when we fall
because it helped our primate ancestors. At least, according to Charles Darwin’s
Theory of Evolution. His theory claims that even before humans
lived in caves, they were more like our cousins the apes and likely living in trees. So when they fell, they automatically flailed
their arms to increase their chances of catching onto a branch. This maneuver saved them from not only smacking
into the ground from such heights, but also landing right onto the dinner plate of a lion
or saber-toothed tiger! Generations later, the instinct to flail your
arms persists, and good news! It just might save you when you fall into
that volcano! The more you move your arms, the more likely
you are to grasp hold of a ledge. In this dire situation, landing on a ledge
is your best chance for survival. You may think, “For goodness sake, I can’t
even do a pull-up! How am I ever going to hoist my entire body
weight up onto a ledge with these noodle arms?” Don’t sweat it! Here’s where those superhuman powers will
kick in! With veins full of adrenaline, ordinary people
have out-run hungry lions. Parents have lifted cars to save their babies. With a little luck, you just might grab hold
of that ledge and scramble up on to it like the soldier I’ll tell you about later who
fell into an active volcano in Hawaii! Why are there ledges inside volcanos, anyway? Well, you know how you find shelves on mountains? Volcanos are essentially hollow mountains
filled with toxic gas and hot molten rock. They’re just as rocky and shelfy on the
inside as they are on the outside. But what happens if you don’t find a ledge? What can I say? You’re toast! Ok, fine, let’s imagine you’re a robot,
so you don’t have to worry about poofing into nothingness before you even hit the bottom. Let’s focus more on…the journey! And the landing… In short, don’t expect to cannonball splash
into a pool of lava, epic-style. And forget about landing and then slowly sinking
deeper and deeper like it’s quicksand or something. No, you’ll just land on a bunch of magma. Actually, you’d smash into it! Good thing I made you a robot because if you
were still a human, the force would be enough to fracture bones. I mean, think about it: mere water feels like
concrete when you fall on it from a considerable height. Well, magma is simply a fancy word for liquid
rock. But don’t let the word “liquid” fool
you – this stuff is thick! No, you won’t bounce off it like a trampoline,
but you won’t sink into it either. Despite the incredible speed at impact, you’re
only going to make a slight impression, if not actually float. That is, the titanium-built robot version
of you. As a mere human, the only thing anybody would
see upon impact would be a flame. Hey, 2,000°F is hot! But even “mere humans” can survive falling
into a volcano! A Maasai porter fell into a Tanzania volcano
back in 2007 and lived to tell the tale. Make no mistake, he didn’t come out untouched
by the hot molten rock, but he survived! Granted, it’s mostly because this volcano
in Tanzania is full of a super rare carbonatite magma that’s only about 900°F. Yeah, that’s
still extremely hot, but in Magmaland, it’s downright chilly! It seemed like a miracle, but – with a little
help from our old friend Adrenaline – the man managed to climb out! While it’s never “cool” to fall into
a volcano, not to mention that it’s nearly impossible to get to the mouth without a special
thermo-suit, there is one more story I’d like to share with you. It’s about a man who survived falling into
a HOT one! In May of 2019, a 32-year-old soldier hopped
over the guardrail of Kilauea, an active shield volcano in Hawaii. Kilauea had erupted only a few months earlier,
so you’d think people would be extra cautious. But for some reason that was probably reeeally
ill-advised, the soldier made the grave mistake of getting too close to the mouth of the beast. That’s when the earth crumbled beneath his
boots, and down he went. This is why the most important thing to have
with you if you ever fall into a volcano – even more than adrenaline or a titanium jumpsuit
– is a witness. Lucky for this soldier, people standing on
the correct side of the guardrail alerted authorities immediately. Lucky, too, that the man was physically fit. He was a soldier, after all! Not necessarily a smart one. The man managed to land on a narrow ledge. And thank goodness that ledge didn’t crumble
underneath him like the crater’s edge had! He couldn’t possibly climb out, though. Falling so fast from such a height, he was
in no shape to get out himself. Ouch! Remember, even if you manage to land on a
ledge without breaking anything, climbing out of a volcano is no easy feat. It can be steep. The path might disintegrate under your feet. In short, to get out, you’re almost certainly
going to need help. Luckily, while you were falling, your instincts
kicked in and made you scream. Screams alert witnesses, and they can call
for help. As for the soldier? It took more than 2 hours, but a daring crew
rappelled into the crater and rescued the rail-hopper. They hauled him out safely, and a helicopter
flew him to the hospital. Turns out his idea to climb into the volcano
was half-baked, and, so was he. All this should give you hope, but it should
also teach you one valuable lesson: when it comes to guardrails, they put those there
for a reason, so stay on the right side! And, hey, when it comes to life, stay on the
Bright Side! See what I did there? Give me a like if you learned something new
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100 thoughts on “Would You Survive If You Fell into a Volcano?

  1. Short answer : you'll die
    Long answer : you will melt like an ice-cream and then die

  2. Bright sides answer: hdhdhdhdhdhcbxbhdcjhxhxh bxbchdhdhdhddhhdhdhdhdhdhhd. Mine you will die in 1 second

  3. TIMESTAMPS:

    What adrenaline does to your body 0:37

    A volcano's temperature 1:37

    Why we flail our arms when we fall 2:45

    What magma actually is 4:44

    Is it possible to survive there? 5:48

  4. How to avoid to fall in a volcano…… Just stay home and I live in Pakistan and there's a volcano in the northern part of our country

  5. Well it depends if you have a fire resistance potion on you and if now you'll die quickly and loose all your diamond gear

  6. What if u fell in volcano
    Answer.. yo may got a heart attack while falling and die…
    Or you may fall in volcano and melt like butter…..😂😂

  7. Bright Side: What would happen if you fall into a volcano?

    Resident Evil: You died screen pulls up

  8. Well you forgot to mention something if you get into a volcano or fall into it your skin is going to be automatically burnt off and you going to be look like burnt toast

  9. After seeing the thumbnail I clicked to watch this video n after watching I am thinking that why would I fall in an volcano if I am never gonna go there….. Stupidity

    Yes I can fall in my dreams.

  10. When you run out of topics to make video about. "Would you survive if you fell into a volcano", "what your laugh reveal about your personality", "If an asteroid falls in the ocean, will it create a tsunami"..

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