Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Lava From Hawaii Volcano Creates Tiny New Island

Lava From Hawaii Volcano Creates Tiny New Island

He says the explosion came from behind as the ship was leaving the area. The explosion left a large hole in the boat's roof and damaged at least one railing.

Molten rock running into the ocean exploded and threw chunks of lava onto the Lava Ocean Tours boat, smashing a basketball-size hole through the boat's roof and raining smaller rocks onto the decking.

The boat is one of two owned by Lava Ocean Tours, a company whose website promises adventure seekers that they can "See, Hear & Feel the heat from your front row seat".

Lava flows that have been cascading into the sea have formed a brand new, small island off the coast of Hawaii after a crater at Mount Kilauea exploded with the force of a 5.2-magnitude natural disaster.

Nine other passengers drove themselves to the hospital, and officials considered their injuries to be superficial. There were no warning signs before the blast, according to Turpin. Other than the woman, passengers suffered burns and scrapes.

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Passengers on another nearby tour boat captured the explosion and can be heard gasping and calling out "wow" and "this is the big show" as the eruption happened.

Kilauea erupted in early May, sending a flow of lava into residential areas of Hawaii island. 'In all honesty, we definitely evaded a catastrophic event today'. For mariners without prior limited entry approval, the safety zone encompasses all waters extending 300 meters (984 feet) in all directions around the entry of the lava flow into the ocean, USCG stated in May.

Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass.

Until now, the only serious injury was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.

Big Island resident Ikaika Marzo told Hawaii News Now there was a "huge explosion at the ocean entry".

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