Hawaii – local suffers serious leg injury being ‘lava-bombed’ while sitting on porch.
A MAN has suffered serious leg injuries after he was “lava bombed” by spatter from the active Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Lava has been oozing out of cracks in the volcano for two weeks and about 40 properties have been destroyed.
But one man became injured when he was sitting on his porch and a “lava bomb” struck him, Hawaiian Civil Defence Administrator Talmadge Magno confirmed.
“I heard the injury was quite bad, serious to his leg,” Mr Magno told the Star Advertiser.
The man’s name has not been released but he is believed to be in a stable condition in hospital.
The latest reports on the active volcano indicate the lava has taken on new characteristics with fresh magma mixing with “decades-old” magma, sending a flow toward the ocean as well as other main arterial roads.
Since the first fissure opened on May 3, lava has mostly spattered up and collected at the edges of the cracks in the ground. Two neighbourhoods with nearly 2000 people were forced to evacuate as lava claimed a large number of structures.
A handful of people were trapped when lava crossed a road on Friday, local time, and some of them needed to be flown out.
“They shouldn’t be in that area,” the local country’s managing director Wil Okabe said. He wants people to heed evacuation warnings.
Edwin Montoya, who lives with his daughter on her farm near the site where lava crossed the road and cut off access, said the fissure opened and grew quickly.
“It was just a little crack in the ground, with a little lava coming out,” he said. “Now it’s a big crater that opened up where the small little crack in the ground was.” Experts are uncertain about when the volcano might calm down.