Canadian explorer and storm chaser George Kourounis recently dove right into an active volcano. On his way to Vanuatu, though, Kourounis faced plane delays, a cancelled flight and delayed luggage. Even though he had all his camera gear (except his tripod) in his carry-on, he told us, “All my safety and protective equipment (heat proximity suit, gas mask, helmet, etc.) was in my checked bags.” This added an unforeseen additional element of dramatic suspense to the adventure and could have very well brought the plan to a halt. But the luggage arrived just in time, and Kourounis was able to accomplish his incredible goal of descending into Vanuatu…and making it back out in one piece.
This morning we asked George what it was like to be inside the volcano, and he told us, “It was an overwhelming experience. A total sensory overload due to the heat, the noise, the sulphur smell, and the very potent acid rain created by the volcano. It was a place that I couldn’t resist going to see, yet at the same time you don’t want to linger down there for too long.”