Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Lava flies through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 13

Lava flies through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 13

"Eyewitnesses report that it ripped through the tour boat roof and landed on several people - injuring both passengers and crew members", according to Hawaii News Now reporter Mileka Lincoln. Two of the three passengers were in stable condition and one woman described to be in her 20s is in serious condition with a fractured femur.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said at least 13 people were injured Monday. The other passengers suffered burns and scrapes.

But county officials said Monday morning that the island was now a peninsula that had connected itself back to the rest of the Hawaii Island land mass - a mass that continues to grow larger and larger every day.

Four passengers onboard the boat were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department. Photo also showed debris littering the floor of the boat.

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It was unclear exactly where or when the incident occurred. But from where lava is hitting the ocean to the harbor is about an hour's boat ride, depending on waves.

The other nine passengers drove themselves to the hospital, and officials considered their injuries to be superficial.

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

The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May and has destroyed more than 700 homes. The U.S. Geological Survey on Sunday alerted that the volcano was under its "warning/orange" advisory, meaning a "major volcano eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected".

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