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A popular tourist destination is Hawai’i
Volcanoes National Park. In 2017, some 2 million people visited the
park to see formations caused by the volcano Kilauea and other natural wonders. Kīlauea is the epitome of the beautiful,
yet dangerous power of the earth. The volcano has erupted almost continuously
for the last 35 years–from 1983 to 2018. It’s the most active of the 5 volcanoes
that form the big island of Hawaiʻi. The volcano’s 4,090 foot (1,250 m) summit
long ago collapsed to form a 3 mile (5 km) long and 2 mile (3.2 km) wide caldera. At the stunning Steaming Bluff overlook on
the edge of the caldera, groundwater seeps through large cracks in the earth onto hot
volcanic rocks and is transformed into steam. On the evening of Wednesday, May 1, 2019,
an unnamed soldier who had traveled to the big Island for training exercises visited
the park, presumably to enjoy nature like any other of the tourists. While at Steaming Bluff he made a questionable
decision. It was probably a spur of the moment idea
to climb over the protective metal guardrail meant to keep visitors from the edge of the
crater, but ultimately it had life changing implications. Once on the other side of the railing, the
man got closer to the bluff edge to get a better view, but the ground began to crumble
beneath his feet; he lost his footing and fell from a 300 foot (91.44 m) cliff. Thankfully, there was no lava present when
the man fell. However the floor of the caldera was still
extremely hot–temperatures can reach in excess of 2,140° Fahrenheit (1,171° C). So what would happen if you fell into a lake
of lava? Well, technically if you’re standing on
the edge of a volcano and fall down into the crater, you’re falling into a lake of magma,
not lava. Magma is molten rock below the crust of the
earth; lava is magma pushed above the surface, usually through volcanic eruption. Yes, we realize that you won’t care about
what it’s called if you happen to fall into a pool of molten rock, but for all intents
and purposes we’ll call it lava from here on out. Given lava’s high density and resistance
to flow, most likely you would splat onto the surface of a lava pit and float rather
than sink deep into it. Lava is two to three times denser than water
and the human body. Also, it’s extremely viscous. However, the greater height you fall from,
the more deeply you would penetrate the lava. Of course, you would die a rapid painful death. Possibly you’d simply burst into flames
and burn to death. Fresh lava can range from a temperature of
1,300° F to 2,200° F (700° and 1,200° C)–over four times as hot as the broiler
settings on most ovens. Cooler lava may run 600° F (315° C). The temperature of the lava would help determine
how quickly you expire. Instantly the lava would begin to give you
full thickness burns.The means your epidermis would quickly break down and begin to disintegrate. Your underlying skin layers would lose all
their water and basically turn to jerky. At the same time, your subcutaneous fat would
melt and bubble off. Your blood vessels would rupture soon afterwards,
causing rapid blood loss. Gradually you would be fully consumed including
your bones and melt away into nothing. Or the radiant heat might kill you even before
you hit the lava. There’s also a chance you might asphyxiate
or sear your lungs due to the hot air and gases above the surface of the lake, pass
out, go into a coma and die. Also hitting a super dense substance at a
high speed could crack your head open and shatter your bones. When the man fell into the caldera around
6:30 p.m., a horrified eyewitness notified authorities. A search and rescue operation immediately
got underway with around 25 responders forming small search parties to scour the area. After around 3 hours of searching, at about
9:40 p.m, the rescuers located the man. Miraculously he had plummeted only 70 feet
(21 m) and landed on a narrow ledge jutting out of the cliff instead of falling to the
floor of the crater. He was severely hurt, but still alive. Though nightfall and windy conditions made
the high angle rescue challenging, the rescuers were up to the task. They rappelled down the cliffs of the caldera,
secured the man into a stokes stretcher and airlifted him out with the help of a military
helicopter. He was flown to the Hilo Medical Center in
critical condition. The next day, the man was upgraded to stable
condition, but had a long road to recovery ahead of him. Now go watch What If We Put A NUKE Inside
Yellowstone Volcano?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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Tony wyaad