Braving the INFERNO of a VOLCANO (Aug, 1933)
Sure, they say they’re doing research, but we all know they’re just sacrificing animals to appease the volcano gods.
Braving the INFERNO of a VOLCANO
Amazing plan to descend flaming crater hanging in cage from a derrick!
LOWERED to a depth of a thousand feet in the boiling, fume-filled crater of Mt. Mihara, near Tokio, Japan, scientists who are now carrying out an amazing program of volcanic investigations will hang in a tiny metal cage over a bubbling flood of molten lava, suspended only by a thin steel cable. Details of the device are given in the accompanying drawing. A live monkey, guinea pigs and rabbits were used in testing the toxicity of the volcano’s gases. Mt. Mikara is a favorite spot for suicides, 50 people having leaped to their death since January first.
In circle—this monkey was lowered into crater to test effect of fumes on man. Although overcome when removed, as shown in picture, he speedily recovered and scientists decided that with proper protection men could descend into the crater with impunity.
In a cage of metal lined with asbestos, with quartz windows which resist heat, scientists will make observations inside the crater of Mt. Mihara, near Tokio, Japan. A derrick will be used to raise and lower the cage. A supply of oxygen is carried in containers, enabling the men in the cage to stay down for long periods. Communication with the derrick operator is maintained by telephone.