Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Lava explosion near Hawaii tour boat injures at least 13

Lava explosion near Hawaii tour boat injures at least 13

An image of Monday morning's explosion was captured on video and shared to social media by Kalapana Cultural Tours, which was a safe distance away at the time and was not the tour company impacted by the explosion.

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).

Molten rock running into the ocean exploded and threw chunks of lava onto the Lava Ocean Tours boat, smashing a basketball-size hole through the boat's roof and raining smaller rocks onto the decking.

A lava bomb hit a tour boat on Monday morning in Hawaii, injuring at least a dozen people, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Nine people with superficial injuries drove themselves to the hospital, and an additional 10 passengers were treated at the harbour for superficial injuries.

Two are in a stable condition while others suffered burns and scrapes.

Snyder said neither the exact location of the incident nor the total number of passengers aboard the boat were immediately known.

COURTESY DLNR           The roof of a Lava Ocean Tours Inc. vessel this morning after a “lava bomb” smashed through off the coast of Hawaii island
COURTESY DLNR The roof of a Lava Ocean Tours Inc. vessel this morning after a “lava bomb” smashed through off the coast of Hawaii island

In addition to the punctured roof, the boat sustained damage to one of the railings.

They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean.

Of the injured passengers, an ambulance transported three people to Hilo Medical Center.

The lava came from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting for months.

This comes as lava continues to spill into the ocean, which USGS said has created a new lava "island" just offshore.

A lava bomb is a large rock tossed through the area in a volcanic explosion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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