Don’t Try This At Home: Here’s What It’s Like To Step On Hot Lava (Video)

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In case you’re unaware, there’s currently a major situation on the Big Island of Hawaii. Many residents have been forced to evacuate due to a river of slowly-spreading lava blanketing the island.

The lava comes from Kīluaea, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. This summer’s eruption, however, is to blame for the forced evacuations.

While the lava on many parts of the island cooled into rock, a great deal of it is still liquid.

And if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to step on lava, well, now you have your chance. YouTuber Alex Rivest posted a video of a professional demonstrating “how viscous the molten rock is,” by quickly stepping on a portion of it.

The lava sort of reacts to the pressure in the way you’d expect a marshmallow to. It’s surprisingly springy and firm, despite the liquid fire beneath the hardened surface.

It should go without saying, but if you’re ever near lava, don’t try this unless you want to waddle on toe-less feet for the rest of your life. Instead, get your satisfaction from this video.

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