The Hawaii County Fire Department said one of the explosions sent a "lava bomb" of molten lava on the metal roof of a Lava Ocean Tours boat and injured 23 passengers shortly after 6 a.m. today.
Babb said the current volume of lava flowing out of fissure 8 is much higher, at about 50 to 100 cubic meters per second, compared to the '61g flow, ' where lava from Puu Oo pumped out about three to four cubic meters per second.
Despite the alarming events of Monday morning, an employee told NPR, that the company's owner and boat captain, Shane Turpin, had continued to lead other tours throughout the day.
This comes as lava continues to spill into the ocean, which USGS said has created a new lava "island" just offshore.
It was unclear exactly where or when the incident occurred.
There have been no dramatic changes in the lower East Rift Zone eruption Monday, however the lava ocean entry has gotten more explosive, with one particularly large blast injuring multiple passengers on a lava boat tour. Two passengers (no details on gender or age) were in stable condition. It prohibits vessels from getting closer than 300 metere from ocean-entry points.
He says he then navigated his vessel to about 250 yards from the lava.
He said that the crew didn't pick up on any warning signs before the explosion.
The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 150 metres from where lava sizzles into the sea.
Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanos and one of five on the island. The remaining nine passengers drove themselves to the hospital, and the fire department said their injuries were superficial.
They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean.
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