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. It's unclear the total number of people on the boat.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said the boat was operated by Lava Ocean Tours, one of at least three companies offering daily excursions to passengers who pay around $220 per person to watch from a vessel lava flowing into the sea.
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.
Monday afternoon at 4:15pm local time, the County Civil Defense Agency released another active alert update announcing that lava was continuing to ooze into the ocean near Ahalanui.
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They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from a long-erupting volcano that has been vigorously shooting lava from a new vent in the ground for the past two months.
In an early morning tweet, the U.S. Geological Survey said the increase produced a small overflow, threatening homes on Nohea Street, and additional overflows downstream on both sides of the channel. Hundreds more homes have been swallowed closer to the eruption site.