Lava Bomb Slams Boat Tour in Hawaii, Injuring 23

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2018

Two of those passengers are in stable condition, but the third, a woman in her 20s, was listed in serious condition with a fractured femur.

"As we were exiting the zone, all of a sudden everything around us exploded", he said.

Lava was within 0.4 miles (700 meters) of the Isaac Hale Park boat ramp in the Pohoiki community on Wednesday, the USGS said.

The boat was from the Lava Ocean Tours Inc. company and was considered to be within the 300-meter safety zone instituted by the US Coast Guard.

Jones said an evening boat tour left for the ocean-entry site and it was business as usual.

Anyone conducting commercial ocean tours of the active ocean entry at Kapoho are required to have a commercial use permit from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

A Hawaii Volcano Observatory crew noticed it during a Friday morning flight.

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The underwater pressure brought the lava flow up to the surface, creating a tumulus, which is a common circumstance to occur from volcanic eruptions.

A "collapse explosion" at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday sent a surge of lava that destroyed structures in an evacuated housing development, geologists and civil defense authorities said.

Kilauea is sending to the sea as much as 26 times the amount of lava per second than it did during a 2016-17 eruption.

"Once we get the confirmation on that it will be released", she said by phone. Despite the hazards, the tour boats have been operating near the volcano for more than 20 years, and will continue to do so.

Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano continues to belch ash and molten rock since it first erupted in May, and the constant lava flows have created a tiny peninsula off the northern edge of the USA state.

Most of the fissures are dormant, but Fissure 8, the most aggressive of the landscape cracks, has been spewing lava, at times more than 150 feet into the air.

"It is Mother Nature", Jones said.

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