An elderly man died after he fell into a lava tube, which was located on the territory of his home in Hilo, Hawaii, according to local police.
The man went missing – he was not heard or seen for several days. Finally, rescuers managed to find his body in the lava tube, which was right in his yard – he fell several meters below the surface of the earth through the softened soil. Rescuers were able to descend into the pipe and get the body of the deceased. The autopsy showed that the American died from injuries sustained in a fall and it was an accident.
According to the U.S. Geological survey, lava tubes are natural channels through which magma from a volcano is beneath the surface. The Park of the caves of Kaumana near Hilo is a place for tourists, who can explore lava tubes created by the flow from Mauna Loa in 1881.