If you have ever asked yourself the unlikely question what happens if you fall into a volcano, a group of experimenters who visited Ethiopia in 2002 have the answer.
They carried out an experiment in which they dropped a 65 pound bag of "camp waste" consisting mostly of waste food into Ethiopia's Erta Ale Volcano.
The video shows a big bag of organic waste, about 65 lbs (30 kg), thrown 240 feet into the lake of lava in Ethiopia. The intention was to simulate what would happen if a human body falls into a volcano. The experiment shows that instead of burning up on the surface of the volcano as expected, the bag punctures a hole in the crust of lava, sinks into it and is consumed in an explosion.
Scientists have assumed that a bag of that weight would remain on the surface of the lava. But the experiment shows that a body close to human weight would break the surface of the crust and set off a consuming explosion. The experimenters explain that the explosion was set off by steam released from the organic matter in the waste as it broke through the solid crust.
The experimenters commented: "The video shows that falling from a height, a person would be able to penetrate the crust of the lake and submerge in it. The lake reacts with violent lava fountaining activity, presumably in part due to steam produced from the organic matter... Due to its high density, a person would generally be expected to remain on the surface. Indeed it is possible to briefly walk on certain types of lava if professional heat-protective clothing is worn (do not try yourself)."
But those viewers with florid religious imagination have adapted this simple experiment to their favorite "biblical world view" scenario, suggesting that the experiment demonstrates what would happen to sinners in the biblical "lake of fire that burneth with sulfur and brimstone." Revelations 21:8:
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone."(King James Version)
A commenter on MSN Now says: "I'd like to drop all the evils of the world into the volcano. Wait, sorry, that's what happens in the Revelation. Pardon me for being impatient."
A self-appointed prophet of doom provides uncomfortably graphic details: "That's pretty much what will happen to all the evil gay people, pedophiles, and practitioners of incest, and bestiality, who do not repent, and change their evil ways. The only difference is the fire will be about a trillion times hotter, than that volcano."
But a viewer on YouTube thinks the bag of waste only "gave the poor volcano indigestion."