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12/31/2014 06:04 pm ET Updated Dec 31, 2014

Cameraman Barely Escapes Lava Splatter (VIDEO)

When you film lava for a living, you're bound to have a few close calls, and New Zealand cameraman Bradley Ambrose just captured an epic one on camera.

"That was probably my closest call ever to being completely covered in lava bombs," the self-proclaimed adventure-seeker says in the video above.

Ambrose was filming at the Marum lava lake on the remote volcanic island of Ambrym when a surprise burst of lava almost rained over him. A pulse of gas caused "a huge lava splatter that basically covered this entire area," Ambrose said. "And I was in the middle of it."

Ambrose was able to run away quickly enough, but both his camera and the GoPro mounted on his head recorded the intense moment from two points of view.

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According to the video's description, Ambrose has taken temperatures of previous lava ejections in the area that measured between 600 to 800 degrees Celsius (1,112 to 1,472 degrees Fahrenheit). He has spent the last few years as a breaking news cameraman and adventure photographer, filming extreme weather events from all over the world, including in Siberia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Australia and Vanuatu, the South Pacific country where the above video was filmed.

Earlier this year, Ambrose and veteran New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Mackley led documentarians George Kourounis and Sam Cossman, as well as a GoPro filming crew, deep into the Marum crater -- a place the island's villagers call the "Entrance to Hell." That video became one of the most viral GoPro videos of 2014.

Ambrose may be an adventure-seeker, but his most recent close call seems to have shaken him up a bit. "There's not one shot that's worth that," he says in the video.

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