Amazing Video

By Luke Kenton

 This drone has captured an unprecedented glimpse into what it would be like to stare down into the depths of an erupting volcano.


So close you can almost feel the heat, drone virtuoso, Johnathan Payet, gets up close and personal with the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, just off the coast of Madagascar, as it erupts viciously.

Flying a mere three metres above active lava, like a molten firework, streaks of orange burst out from the dome of the volcano, lighting up the darkness of the night-sky around it.

PIC BY JOHNATHAN PAYET/CATERS NEWS

From night to day, boiling lava continues to spit violently from the burning mountain’s crater, before resting rock-side with a neo-orange glare.

Johnathan, from Le Tampon, Reunion, said: “Flying so close to a volcano can be very scary, because the risks are very high.

PIC BY JOHNATHAN PAYET/CATERS NEWS

“It was so hot and the volcanic dust and sulphur meant I could’ve lost my drone at any time.

“It took eight hours of hard hiking with my equipment to get these shots.

“But the risks and effort were worth it, it was such an incredible spectacle to behold.

PIC BY JOHNATHAN PAYET/CATERS NEWS

“The next step is to see the bottom of a volcano’s cone.”

Standing at a staggering 8,635ft tall, the ‘Peak of the Furnace’ is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.