At least 23 people were injured in Hawaii Monday when a lava explosion from the Kilauea volcano sent debris flying through the roof of the Lava Ocean Tours vessel tour boat near the town of Kapoho.
At least four passengers were rushed to the Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department. woman was in serious condition with a fractured femur. Shane Turpin, the owner and captain of the boat that was hit, said he never saw the explosion that rained down on his boat. He added that he has been observing and documenting these explosions and that this type of activity is new. There were no warning signs before the blast. "In all honesty, we definitely evaded a catastrophic event today."
New created island
The boat returned to the Wailoa Sampan Basin Harbor in Hilo. Lava that's still flowing from the Kilauea volcano has now created a tiny new island off the coast of Hawaii which appeared Thursday, last week, just offshore from the northern edge of the Big Island. It is about 20 to 30 feet in diameter. Underwater pressure pushed the lava flow to the surface. This is very common, it's called a tumulus. If the lava flow stays active, the island will probably connect to the coastline, the United States Geological Survey said. Kilauea eruption began in May,this year, sending a flow of lava into residential areas of Hawaii island.