Nowadays, there’s Internet connectivity in just about any corner of the world… including in an active volcano in Nicaragua. Yes. Volcano.
Sam Cossman, an explorer and filmmaker, made international headlines after descending 1,200 feet inside the Masaya volcano with one goal in mind: to connect to the Internet. In case you’re wondering, that’s roughly about the height of the Empire State Building in New York City.
General Electric and the Nicaraguan government partnered to send Cossman and an expedition team that included former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski to explore the Masaya Volcano for over a month. The volcano is located 12 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua and continually emits large amounts of sulfur dioxide gas. This has caught the attention of many volcanologists, including Cossman, who happened to be in the country filming a documentary for National Geographic.
During his expedition, Cossman and part of his team zip-lined inside the volcano and installed 80 wireless sensors…
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But, no, this is not so that you can Snapchat and post pictures on IG. The sensors will gather real-time data about Masaya’s volcanic activity and notify those who live in danger zones.
“The goal is essentially to install all these sensors and create the most effective early warning system in the world that would ultimately serve as a proof of concept for implementing something similar to communities around the world who are exposed to similar risks,” Cossman told The Verge, adding that the data will be transmitted via an open-source database called Predix, owned by GE.
The exhilarating experience, which finalized earlier this month, was also all the rage on Snapchat and Facebook Live, where the adventurous boys made sure everyone joined them in their endeavor of bringing a volcano online for the first time in history.
“It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life and I’m honored to have shared it with the world,” expressed Cossman after one of his live videos from Level 0 in Nicaragua’s Masaya Volcano.
Learn more about Volcan Masaya here.
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