Kilauea volcano: Flying lava injures 13 in Hawaii

Lester Mason
July 17, 2018

The state's Department of Land and Natural Resources said one passenger broke a leg and others had been burned after the incident on Tuesday (NZT).

The basketball-sized lava bomb punctured the boat's roof and debris from the explosion littered the floor of the vessel, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said on Facebook.

Of the 13 injured passengers, four were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

One of the passengers in stable condition is a woman in her 20s with a fractured femur, authorities said.

A lava explosion at the ocean entry in lower Puna injured a dozen people aboard a lava tour boat this morning. The department said the exact location and time of the incident is now unclear.

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted in early May, sending a smoldering flow of lava into residential areas on the Big Island.

The other nine passengers drove themselves to the hospital, and officials considered their injuries to be superficial.

The tours depart from the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor in Hilo at 4 a.m. daily. Prior to the beginning of the East Rift Zone Eruption event, tours left from the Pohoiki Boat Ramp, which now is within.5 miles of the active ocean entrance.

Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass. Kilauea was still erupting lava as of Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Observers noticed the new island Friday and say it's possible it's part of the fissure 8 lava flow, which continues to pour into the ocean.

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