Hawaii volcano: Flying lava injures 13 on tour boat

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2018

"A 20-year old woman received major trauma to her leg and the others suffered burns and scrapes", DLNR said in its Facebook post.

He added that he has been observing and documenting these explosions and that this type of activity is new.

13 of the victims were hospitalised and the remainder were treated at a harbor when the boat engaged in a "lava tour" returned to the Big Island, also known as Hawaii.

As recently as last month lava from the volcano destroyed hundreds of homes in a mostly rural part of the island, in what was the largest loss of property since the eruptions began.

Four passengers onboard the boat were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department. There were no warning signs before the blast, according to Turpin. In this case, the rock that slammed into the tour boat was the size of a basketball.

Lava exploded onto a tour boat off the Big Island of Hawaii Monday morning.

Kilauea erupted in early May, sending a flow of lava into residential areas of Hawaii island.

The others in the tour group quickly pulled together helped one another, Turpin said.

In a flight Friday morning, geologists confirmed that a small island had formed near an ocean entry point in Kapoho, where lava flows are still cascading into the sea.

'What I saw in humanity this morning was awesome. "And I've been documenting them a bit". The U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall told USA Today that lava bombs can result from the interaction between lava with the ocean, as water turns into steam and causes the lava to explode. But the only serious injury over the past two months was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.

Officials have warned of the dangers of toxic fumes, created when molten rock hits the sea and forms hazardous clouds containing hydrochloric acid and glass particles.

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