Lava flies through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

The lava is from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano which erupted in early May

The boat was off the island's Eastern coast on Monday morning when the volcano sent what officials said was a basketball-sized "lava bomb" through the boat's roof and peppered it with volcanic debris.

The moment that a tour boat off the cost of Hawaii was hit by a torrent of molten rock, leaving 23 people injured, was captured on camera by one of the boat's passengers.

Of those injured, four were taken to the hospital via ambulance, officials said. At least one woman was reportedly left with serious injuries and had to be airlifted.

A civil defence spokesperson, Kelly Wooten, put the total number of injuries at 23.

Officials for the company were not immediately available for comment. The lava entering the ocean at Kamukona hit a steep slope, and was quickly carried down to deeper parts of the ocean, said Babb. The volcano has also been pumping out much more lava than in the past; as much as 26 times the amount as the 2016 eruption.

Monday's accident prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to require boat captains to stay at least 300 meters (yards) from lava flowing from fissures in the volcano flank.

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What is unprecedented with this lava flow, said USGS geologist Janet Babb, is the high volume of lava generated from fissure 8, as well as the more shallow topography near Ahalanui warm ponds, the site of the ocean entry.

Kilauea was still erupting lava into the channel leading northwest from the vent as of Sunday, according to the USGS.

People can only witness the lava from the air or the sea. This tour company also has permission to use the Wailoa harbor as its base of operation, after voluntarily relocating from the Pohoiki boat ramp which is about ½ mile from the active ocean entry now.

"Eyewitnesses report that it ripped through the tour boat roof and landed on several people - injuring both passengers and crew members", according to Hawaii News Now reporter Mileka Lincoln.

More than 80 people, some of them locals, have been cited for loitering in lava zones and face penalties of up to $US5000 and a one-year jail sentence.

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