Sunday, January 26, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Man dies after falling down lava tube in his yard

Posted on Saturday, 9 November, 2019 | Comment icon 4 comments

Lava tubes can be dangerous. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Frank Schulenburg
A 71-year-old man in Hawaii was killed after he fell down a lava tube that had opened up in his own garden.
It is believed that the man, who lived in the town of Hilo, had been clipping the bushes in his garden when the ground gave way beneath his feet and he fell into an old lava tube beneath the property.

The alarm was raised after a friend called the police having not seen or heard from him in days.

When officers arrived at his house, they found the hole and realized that he must have fallen inside.

His body was later recovered by the Hawaii fire department. His injuries were consistent with a fall and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
While accidents like this are very rare, lava tubes can and do pose a danger to those living in Hawaii and other places with a significant amount of volcanic activity.

Lava tubes are underground tunnels that form from rivers of molten rock. Once they cool down, most are quite strong and can even survive having large buildings constructed on top of them.

Some, however, can collapse under the right circumstances.

The lava tube that the man fell into was thought to have formed during an eruption back in 1880.

Source: BBC News | Comments (4)

Tags: Lava Tube, Hawaii

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Desertrat56 on 8 November, 2019, 19:17
Oh my!  How sad.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 8 November, 2019, 19:35
Comment icon #3 Posted by debra odem on 8 November, 2019, 22:41
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 on 10 November, 2019, 23:41
Though it has been decades since I lived in Kaumana where this occurred, I recall Kaumana Caves park as having an entrance that was a collapsed tube and having lava tubes that where thought to travel over twenty miles. The absolute darkest place I've ever been is in a lava tube. I do hope his demise was not protracted.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Millions of desert locusts descend on Africa
A plague of locusts of biblical proportions has been devouring vast swathes of crops across east Africa.
Fish farm plans rejected after 'fairies' warning
A Scottish council recently received a letter warning that the lives of workers could be endangered by fairies.
Another 'Bigfoot' shows up on WSDOT webcam
Authorities in Washington have recorded footage of a figure trudging through the snow near Snoqualmie Pass.
Space Force logo looks like it's from Star Trek
President Donald Trump has revealed the official logo for the US Space Force - and it looks somewhat familiar...
Stories & Experiences
Dog and Jamaican statue
1-10-2020 | Canada
Life changing experience
12-19-2019 | Australia
Unexplained smoke or fog
12-19-2019 | West Texas, USA
He came in the night
12-19-2019 | CA
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia
The day I found out I am immortal
11-24-2019 | Hialeah
Recent activity in my home
11-24-2019 | Kansas City, MO USA
The houndsman
10-26-2019 | Michigan, USA
Birthday balloon
10-26-2019 | Usa

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Why do we believe in conspiracies ?
Posted 1-17-2020 | 5 comments
A look at how the human race has effectively evolved to accept conspiracy theories.
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
Is it possible to levitate a human ?
Posted 12-15-2019 | 2 comments
Science enthusiast Rick Edwards attempts to unlock the secret of levitation.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ