Tourist falls into most risky volcano in Hawaii - and survives

Tourist falls into most risky volcano in Hawaii - and survives

Kerry Wise
May 4, 2019

Rangers rescued the 32-year-old man, who they say climbed over a metal guard rail overlooking the Kilauea caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hayes said the man fell after climbing over a metal rail at the Steaming Bluff overlook to try to get closer to the cliff edge of Kilauea. He fell 60 to 70 feet down the crater, and ended up trapped on a narrow ledge partway down the crater's mouth.

He landed on a ledge some 70 feet below.

Hayes said on Wednesday evening, authorities got a call that a man had fallen into the caldera - the crater formed by previous volcanic activity.

Kīlauea is the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii.

The soldier's condition was later upgraded to stable, according to Lt. Curtis J. Kellogg, public affairs officer for the 25th Infantry Division.

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The soldier - whose name has not been released - is from Schofield Barracks on Oahu, but was taking part in training exercises on Hawaii's Big Island when the accident occurred.

The man, who is yet to be identified, was transported to an open area of the park and flown to Hilo Medical Centre, where he was treated for his injuries. However, the volcano now has "relatively low low rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas emission", according to a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report from Tuesday.

Kilauea Volcano is one of the worlds most active volcanoes.

Kilauea's Puu Oo cone initially erupted in 1983, and lava has continued to flow since, destroying homes in the '80s, in 1990, and even in 2014, according to the New York Times. "Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death".

The last time a person died in a fall there was October 2017, park officials said.