FOUR Brits travelled to the La Palma volcano to take selfies near the La Palma volcano after breaching police checkpoints.
The men took pictures of themselves near where rivers of 1075C molten lava are pouring down from the erupting Cumbre Vieja.
Terrifying video taken recently shows the moment a ‘lava tsunami’ hurtles towards a town on the island, where the volcano has been erupting since September 19.
One of the group – identified as Brits on local media – posted a photo of himself in shorts and a T-shirt near burning lava.
“We had to cover to sneak round the army and police. It was a full SAS mission with roadblocks, search points and animals to dog in pitch black,” he wrote.
In another message he added: “Took a plane, a rental car, a ferry, and a five hour night hike around the army’s roadblocks but we f**king did it. Once in a lifetime s**t.”
They now face possible court action for putting their lives and those of the security services at risk according to local media.
The close-up footage and photos the group took are understood to have been used by Civil Guard officers in La Palma, part of the Canary Islands, to identify the daredevil group.
One shows a well-built heavily-tattooed Brit with bulging arm and leg muscles smiling as he bends down and points to a shower of molten lava shooting high into the sky behind him.
Another picture posted on his Instagram showed a barrier with the words ‘Atención carretera cortada’ on it, which translates into ‘Attention Road Closed’ in English.
Spanish broadcaster La Sexta said police had identified the men in a report sent to government officials and prosecutors over possible charges.
Their names have not yet been officially released.
No death have been reported because of prompt evacuations by police who have worked hard to ensure people stay away from off-limits areas.
The temperature of the volcanic lava which has done so much damage has been put at 1075C.
The dramatic footage of one of the lava rivers pouring down the mountainside was recorded by the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan) and posted on its Twitter site.
“One of our crew was able to film a truly lava ‘tsunami’. Amazing speed and overflow of the lava channel,” the organisation posted.
The video shows the red-hot lava river travelling at high speed and shows buildings in its path as it travels towards the sea, devouring everything in its path.
The molten rock has so far covered over 1,885 acres of land and destroyed around 2,000 buildings.