The Hawaiian Kilauea volcano, which has been active for two months, has now injured 13 passengers on a nearby tour boat. One 20-year old woman suffered major leg trauma while other passengers had burns and scrapes, according to the state’s Department of Land and National Resources.
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Lava spewing from the volcano easily burned through the boat’s roof. The tourist group was in the area to specifically see lava from Kilauea plunging into the ocean. Such tour groups are common in Hawaii and leave around 4 A.M daily from a boat ramp within half a mile of the volcano.
The U.S Coast Guard has created a safety zone around the state’s Big Island, prohibiting vessels from getting withing 984 feet of the active volcano. However, the Coast Guard has created exceptions for experienced boat operators to get within 164 feet of Kliauea’s lava falling into the ocean.
Until now, Kilauea’s injuries had been limited to a single man who had his leg broken by falling lava. Erupting since May 3, the volcano has created a new small island off the Hawaiian coast.
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat
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