Published: Fri, July 20, 2018

Hawaii has a new peninsula thanks to Kilauea Volcano

Hawaii has a new peninsula thanks to Kilauea Volcano

Coast Guard officials have stopped tour operators getting up close to where Kilauea volcano's lava oozes into the sea following Monday's incident that saw 12 people taken to hospital.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said one passenger broke a leg Monday and others have been burned.

The Hilo Medical Center confirmed 13 passengers were treated at the hospital, and another 10 passengers with superficial injuries were treated on arrival at Wailoa Harbor, CNN reported.

The stricken 49-passenger-seat vessel, dubbed Hot Spot, was later videotaped maneuvering to its dock after passengers were unloaded.

The "lava bomb" reportedly showered the metal roof of an offshore vessel with molten lava, tearing a substantial hole through the ceiling and striking 23 members on board.

On Sunday, the USGS reported that the "now connected to the main flow front by a strip of lava". Locals travelled there by boat in what they expected would be their last visit before it was destroyed by lava, according to a Facebook post on Wednesday by boat captain Ikaika Marzo.

Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano continues to belch ash and molten rock since it first erupted in May, and the constant lava flows have created a tiny peninsula off the northern edge of the US state.

The "lava bomb" was a result of the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting on the island since the beginning of March.

The agency said the explosion caused an increase in the lava flow, threatening homes in the Nohea neighbourhood.

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