23 injured when lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

23 injured when lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

23 injured when lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

The safety zone now stands at 300-meters (984 feet) with no exclusions. A woman in her 20s is said to be in serious condition. The nine others who were injured drove themselves to the hospital with what the fire department calls "superficial" injuries.

An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii's Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. The fissure complex, pictured in the upper right, continues to feed a meandering lava flow (in the center) into the Pacific Ocean in southeast of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

"If we stop operating, it not only hurts us, it hurts the community", Jones said.

The investigation is still in it's very early stages, the DLNR spokesperson said, noting that the agency would have no comment at this time on the investigation's progress. It's unclear how many people were on the boat or how close it was to the lava. The ocean and aerial tours each cost about $250.

In May, the US Coast Guard instituted a 200 metre safety zone for boats around the lava flowoff, but allows experienced operators to apply to get as close as 50 metres.

Last week, scientists at the US Geological Survey said the flow of lava had created a new small island.

New Island Of Lava Growing Off The Coast Of Hawaiian Island
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Monday's large blast may have been amplified by the relatively shallow water at the point where the lava entered the sea. But the offshore topography of the new ocean entry is shallow, meaning explosions could occur much closer to the surface.

The U.S. Coast Guard in May instituted a safety zone where lava flows into the ocean off the Big Island.

The volcano is sending 26 times the amount of lava per second than it did during the 2016 and 2017 eruption.

Boaters and seaside residents also have been warned to avoid noxious clouds of laze - a term derived from the words "lava" and "haze" - formed when lava reacts with saltwater to form a mix of acid fumes and steam laced with tiny glass-like particles.

Kalapana Cultural Tours, which competes with Turpin's company, reported normal boat services and no cancellations. Tour vessels are known to operate the area going back at least 20 years.

There are now two active volcanoes in the state, including Kilauea which has been continuously erupting for 35 years.

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