According to fire officials on the Big Island, a "lava bomb" pierced the roof of a small tour boat and made a large hole in it. The initial injury count was 13; that number was later raised to 22, according to a fire official, who said four people were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.
#BREAKING: As many as 12 people hurt after a lava explosion sent rocks & debris through the roof of a tour boat off Kapoho More info & pics: https://t.co/maIhFVb4mC #Hawaii #KilaueaVolcano #Lava #lavaexplosion— Anthony Ferreira (@HNNanthony) July 16, 2018
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About 52 people were aboard the boat when the incident happened: 49 tourists and three crew members, Hawaii News Now reports.
Since May 3, the Kilauea volcano has erupted on a semi-regular basis. The volcano is considered one of the most active of the volcanoes that created the five main Hawaiian islands.
The Monday incident is related to the the ongoing volcanic event, dubbed the 2018 lower Puna eruption. Lava has shot up 300 feet in the air at certain points during the ongoing eruption.
The original number of injured was 12, but Hilo Medical Center confirmed to authorities the number of injured was 13. One woman seriously injured with fractured femur. In total, 4 taken by ambulance. The rest drove themselves. @FoxNews #KilaueaEruption #volcano #lavabomb— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Journalist) July 16, 2018
About 600 houses have been covered by the lava since the lower Puna eruption started, according to Mayor of Hawaii County (Hawaii's Big Island) Harry Kim.
#LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano LATEST: Hawaiʻi Co fire & police just arrived at Suisan Hilo Harbor after a reported #lavabomb from a #lava explosion near the Kapoho ocean entry landed on a tour boat operated by Shane Turpin https://t.co/YEpyFpupre @HawaiiNewsNow #HINews pic.twitter.com/XQxGxtt3rc— Mileka Lincoln (@MilekaLincoln) July 16, 2018