Katia Krafft

Catherine Joséphine “Katia” Krafft (née Conrad; 17 April 1942 – 3 June 1991) and her husband, Maurice Paul Krafft (25 March 1946 – 3 June 1991) were French volcanologists and filmmakers who died in a pyroclastic flow on Mount UnzenJapan, on 3 June 1991.

The Kraffts became well known as pioneers in the filming, photographing, and recording of volcanoes, often coming within feet of lava flows. Their obituary appeared in the Bulletin of Volcanology. 

Since their deaths, their work has been featured in two documentary films by Werner HerzogInto the Inferno (2016) and The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft (2022), and a further film, Fire of Love (2022), depicted their lives, relationship and careers using their archived footage.


A volcanic crater, M. and K. Krafft Crater, on the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in Réunion, France, is named after the couple. The crater is located at 21°13′23″S 55°43′2″E. Lava erupted from this crater in March 1998.

The Krafft Medal honours the Kraffts’ memory and is awarded every four years by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior to someone who has made significant contributions to volcanology through service to communities affected by volcanic activity.

The Centre for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo established a fund remembering the Kraffts, the Maurice and Katia Krafft Memorial Fund. Donations are directed to educate people in countries of high volcanic risk about the hazards active volcanoes pose.

“Wikiwand – Katia and Maurice Krafft.” Wikiwand, http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Katia_and_Maurice_Krafft.

Into the Inferno

Into the Inferno | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The fury of nature exposes us all. Werner Herzog’s Netflix Original Documentary Into the Inferno is now Streaming on Netflix. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Into the Inferno: Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Into the Inferno, heads just where its title suggests: into the red-hot magma-filled craters of some of the world’s most active and astonishing volcanoes-taking the filmmaker on one of the most extreme tours of his long career.

The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft 

The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft Trailer – Sheffield DocFest 2022

Drawing from the personal film archive of two passionate volcanologists, Werner Herzog explores humanity’s fascination with one of our planet’s most elemental forces. Directed by Werner Herzog. World Premiere in Sheffield DocFest Memories strand. – Sheffield DocFest is the UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects.

Fire of Love

Fire of Love Trailer | National Geographic



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