Hawaii man dies after falling down lava tube in his backyard

Unlike this, the lava tube the man fell into appears to have been dormant (FILE)Picture copyright
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In contrast to this, the lava tube the person fell into seems to have been hidden


A person in Hawaii has died after falling down a “lava tube” – a tunnel shaped by volcanic eruptions – whereas trimming timber on his property.

Police say the 71-year-old had apparently fallen about 22ft (7m) “by means of a mushy space of floor”.


Lava tubes are shaped when lava cools and hardens on its prime layer however continues to empty and funky beneath.

Police say the person was discovered on Monday after mates reported that that they had not heard from him for days.

Lava tubes secure sufficient for Moon base

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Lava tubes are widespread in Hawaii’s and a few have “skylights” to the floor that may be lined by brush

Hawaii Police Division Main Robert Wagner instructed Massive Island Now that the shaft the person fell into was approximate two toes (60cm) huge.

Hearth crews abseiled into the chasm to recuperate the physique.

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In contrast to slower forming geological options, like caves and caverns, lava tubes are sometimes shaped in days and weeks, in keeping with Nationwide Geographic.

As that lava flows and drains into the ocean, it leaves behind maze-like tunnels – a few of that are over 40 miles lengthy.