An elderly man from Hawaii has died after falling into an active volcano.

The unnamed 75-year-old, from Hilo on Hawaii’s main island, was reported missing in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park [HVNP] in the early hours of Monday morning, local time.

National Park Service rangers and Hawaii County firefighters later found the man’s body in the Kilauea volcano, near the Uekahuna viewing area.

At around 8am on Monday morning, Rangers recovered the man’s body by helicopter. He had fallen around 100 feet into the crater.

A HVNP spokesperson said that the man had fallen from a “closed area,” and that an investigation into the incident is under way.

The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

By coincidence, a significant earthquake was recorded near Kilauea on the same day.

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The US Geological Survey recorded the magnitude 4.3 earthquake on Monday

According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory expert, Ken Hon, the earthquake had no significant impact on the Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes.

“This earthquake is part of the ongoing seismic swarm under the Pāhala area, which started in August 2019,” he said. “Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea”.

He added: “Please be aware that aftershocks are possible and may be felt. HVO continues to monitor Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes. The Alert Levels/Color Codes remain at WATCH/ORANGE for Kīlauea and ADVISORY/YELLOW for Mauna Loa at this time.”

At least 125 Hawaii locals reported the impact of the earthquake. Mild tremors were reported across the island of Hawaii, but there were no reports of significant damage to buildings or structures.

Kīlauea has been erupting since September 29, 2021, according to the United States Geological Survey service [USGS].

The volcano is currently “exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption,” a USGS spokesperson said.

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