Woman suffers leg injury as volcano lava hits Hawaii boat

Glen Norman
July 18, 2018

Clearly, though, accidents can happen when things are more unpredictable.

The captain of the ship didn't realize the magnitude of the explosion until he saw the video later.

"That's one way we generate black sand", said USGS geologist Janet Babb.

The large blast on Monday may have been made worse by the relatively shallow water at the point where the lava entered the sea.

A lava explosion off the coast of Big Island in Hawaii injured 23 people on Monday, according to the state's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

Photos posted by Hawaii county officials showed a manhole cover-sized hole in the boat's metal roof.

So, what was the boat doing so close to the lava? But the offshore topography of the new ocean entry is shallow, meaning explosions could occur much closer to the surface.


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

"It was an explosion, basically", Snyder said.

He said that the crew didn't pick up on any warning signs before the explosion.

"There's something new. There's something really new", he said. 'And I've been documenting them a bit'.

Kilauea has opened 14 lava-and-gas spewing fissures in total Lava flows over a road in the Puna District as a result of the eruption from Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island.

One woman was in serious condition with a fractured femur.

'They're unbelievable people, ' he said of the woman and her family, who are visiting the island.


The captain of one of the boats said suspending the tours would only hurt the local economy.

'What I saw in humanity this morning was awesome. "We don't know if it was a single event or multiple".

The interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that drifts downwind and can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs.

According to Jason Ridoula, Assistant Enforcement Chief of DLNR's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, tour boats are mandated to stay at least 300 meters away from where the lava flows into the ocean. The Coast Guard said tour vessels have operated in the area going back at least 20 years. On July 11, the Coast Guard changed their mandatory safety perimeter zone around ocean entries (Kapoho and Kalea) from 100 meters to 50 meters for licensed lava tour boat operators.

"(The volcano) just exploded straight out at the boat", Glenda said.

The latest official number of houses that have been destroyed since the eruption began was 700, however as the eruption continues this number will continue to rise.

Ten were not hospitalized but were treated at the scene for minor soft tissue injuries and burns, the Tribune-Herald reported.


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