Unzen Volcano Eruption in 1991

Wandering around Wikipedia I ended up reading an article about Katia and Marice Krafft, a couple of French volcanologists that after several decades filming volcano eruptions around the world, they eventually died in the eruption of Mount Unzen (Nagasaki) in 1991. Unzen is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan. Legend has it that an eruption in the 18th century killed 15,000 people. Its most recent eruptions were in 1990, 1991 and 1995.

unzen volcano eruption
Unzen volcano from the sea

Katia and Marice are considered pioneers in photographing and recording video eruptions. In 1991 they arrived to Japan with a National Geographic team. The day before dying Marice said in front of the camera:

“I am never afraid because I have seen so much eruptions in 23 years that even if I die tomorrow, I don’t care”

In this video, starting at second 20 Marice “predicts” his destiny and starting at minute 1 you can see the devastating eruption and the pyroclastic flow that ended their lives.

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