Man badly injured after falling into Hawaii volcano crater

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Man hurt after fall from cliff into Kilauea volcano caldera

04 May, 2019

A man visiting Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park fell 70 feet into the Kilauea caldera after climbing over a metal railing to get a closer look, park officials said in a statement.

The man fell off a 300-foot cliff after he climbed over the railing at the Steaming Bluff overlook to get a better view of the volcano, according to a report published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The incident happened around 6:30pm Wednesday, park officials said, per NPR. "He was seriously injured, perched on a narrow ledge 70 feet from the cliff edge".

The man landed on a ledge below the rim.

He was transported via helicopter to Hilo Medical Center in serious condition.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park rangers and rescue personnel from Hawai'i County Fire Department rescued a man who had fallen into Kīlauea caldera late this evening.

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The alert level at Kilauea, which is not now erupting, is "green", according to an April 30 update from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around unsafe and destabilised cliff edges", Broward said.

The horror fall occurred on the one-year anniversary of Kilauea erupting in May 2018, sending lava into residential communities on Hawaii Island. The volcano erupted for months past year, destroying homes, forcing thousands of evacuations, and spewing lava, gas and ash into the air.

The United States Geological Survey says that Kilauea "ranks among the world's most active volcanoes and may even top the list", which has been in a near constant state of eruption since 1983.

In October, Kilauea topped the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) latest version of its "National Volcanic Threat Assessment": a list of America's most risky volcanoes.

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