Family described ‘rain’ of volcanic rock as Hawaiian boat tour hit by lava bomb

first_imgABC News(HONOLULU, Hawaii) — It was supposed to be a bucket-list moment for Dawn Li, an exciting family outing to see where the river of lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spills into the ocean.But in a flash, the pre-dawn boat tour on Monday for Li, her husband, and their two children turned into a horror show when a so-called “lava bomb” erupted, sending rocks raining on the vessel loaded with photo-snapping tourists.“I had just said, ‘This is like a Jurassic experience.’ And my husband said, ‘Well, this is on your bucket list,’” Dawn Li told ABC News. “So, we were super excited to see it. It was amazing. But the explosion hit and we all sort of turned simultaneously and my husband kind of leaned over me but we could feel the rocks hitting us.”Piercing screams broke out on the packed tour boat. A rock, or lava bomb, the size of a basketball came crashing through the aluminum roof of the Lava Ocean Tours boat aptly dubbed the “Hot Spot.”“It was literally like an explosion. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Li’s husband, Dr. Kaming Li, a trauma surgeon. “Just lava flying everywhere, and then this huge explosion and this very large rock hit the boat. When it hit the boat, it crashed through the roof and landed on a person and it was still glowing when it was on the ground.”Dawn Li said she was afraid the rock was so hot it was going to burn through the bottom of the boat. She said the captain and a crew member wrapped it up and shoved it overboard.After Kilauea first erupted in May, the U.S. Coast Guard restricted boats from coming within 984 feet of where the lava flow dumps into the ocean on the northeast side of Hawaii’s Big Island. But some experienced boat operators, including Lava Ocean Tours, have been allowed special permits to take tourists as close as 164 feet from the shoreline.Greg Valentine, a geology professor at the University of Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences, told ABC News that the term “lava bomb” refers to the bomb-shaped size of particles hurled in the air generally when they explode from the spout of a volcano. Any projectile larger than 6.4 centimeters in diameter meets the definition of a lava bomb, he said.He said the thing that was unusual about Monday’s lava-bomb event was that it was caused by an interaction of molten lava with sea water.“Sometimes the lava and the water interact in a certain way and creates a very powerful explosion,” Valentine said, adding that some projectiles can travel up to three miles and be as large as a couple of meters in diameter.Dawn Li said that when the explosion occurred panic spread through the tour boat and everyone rushed to the side furthest from the shoreline.“It’s raining lava rock,” Dawn Li said of the moment. “It’s hot, it’s steamy. My fear was that we were going to capsize because everybody ran to the other side of the boat and you could feel the heat and the steam coming up and the sulfuric fumes.”The water around the boat was “very hot,” Kaming Li said.“We think there was probably a lot of lava underneath the ocean at that place,” he said.Dawn Li added: “You could feel it bubbling, the steam coming up.”Passengers were being pummeled by red-hot rocks. Dawn Li showed ABC News one about the size of a golf ball that hit her.Her husband began treating peoples’ injuries, including a woman who was hit by the basketball-size rock that crashed through the boat’s roof. Her femur was fractured, officials said.“I used to be a trauma surgeon at USC,” said Kaming Li. “I’ve seen a lot of things. This was just crazy.”In the chaos, Dawn Li became separated from her teenage children, Christopher and Erica.“I started game planning in my mind: The life vests. Who can swim? If we go over, how do we keep ourselves from the shore?” she said. “My kids were separated from me, and so I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get to my kids.’”Erica Li said the experience went from terrific to terrifying in seconds.“It was really surreal,” she said.Christopher Li said when the explosion occurred he ducked for cover.“I immediately got on the ground and covered my neck,” Christopher said. “I got hit in the arms.”Both of his legs were also scalded by the downpour of sizzling rocks.“I got third-degree burns, some second-degree,” Christopher said. “But I’m glad to be alive.”Officials said 23 people aboard the boat were injured, but none were in life-threatening condition. Four people were hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center.“I thought for a moment that this was it, this is how it’s going to go,” Kaming Li said. “It was a terrifying moment.”Still holding the rock that hit her, Dawn Li said that while she usually collects rocks from wherever she and her family travel, this was a souvenir she didn’t plan to keep.“I’m going to leave it back for the Gods of Pele so that we have no more bad juju,” she said as she hurled it into the water.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Roy’s 153 sets up England’s massive 106-run win over Bangladesh

first_imgEngland team line up before the match… Reuters COMMENTS England team line up before the match… Reuters Published on COMMENT Opener Jason Roy smashed his way to a sensational 153 as England scripted a dominating performance to hammer Bangladesh by 106 runs in a high-scoring World Cup match here Saturday.Sent into bat, England posted a massive 386 for six and then returned to dismiss Bangladesh for 280 in 48.5 overs, despite a superb hundred by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (121).England thus registered their second win of the showpiece event, following the 14-run loss to Pakistan in the second match. They had beaten South Africa by 104 runs in the World Cup opener.Roy, who blasted five sixes and had 14 hits to the fence in his 121-ball innings, laid the foundation of the big score with two crucial partnerships — 128 with opener Jonny Bairstow (51) and 77 with first-down Joe Root (21).Jos Buttler then scored a 44-ball 64 laced with four sixes and two fours and added 95 runs with skipper Eoin Morgan (35) as England posted the first 350 plus total of the tournament.It was also England’s best World Cup total, surpassing the 338 for 8 against India in the 2011 edition.Chasing an improbable 387 to win, Shakib added 106 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim (44) after Bangladesh were reduced to 63 for two in 12 overs.Shakib took Bangladesh across the 200-mark in 37th over but the Tigers never really looked in the chase and once he departed in the 40th over, it was a mere formality thereafter for the hosts.The victory will help to exorcise the ghost of 2015 World Cup when England were knockout out by Bangladesh after beating them by 15 runs.Earlier, England were off to a flying start as Roy and Bairstow scored 67 in the first powerplay and then brought up the hundred in 15 overs.A superb catch by Mehidy Hasan at short cover finally ended Bairstow’s innings as Bangladesh produced a much-needed breakthrough in the 20th over bowled by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.Roy continued in the same vein and completed his century in the 27th over with a pull shot which crossed the boundary line after a misfield. However, the opener, anticipating it to be a single, ended up knocking umpire Joel Wilson to the ground while running to the non-striker. Both were unhurt.Roy and Root then continued to dominate the proceedings as the hosts crossed 200 runs in 30.4 overs.However, England lost their second wicket when Root played on in the 32nd over.In the 35th over, Roy plundered three successive sixes off Mehidy Hasan to complete his 150 in 120 balls but he was holed out by Mortaza at extra cover in the next ball.Buttler and Morgan then carried the onus with the former blasting two sixes and a four off Mosaddek Hossain. The pair took England across the 300-mark in 43rd over.However, the duo perished in the 46th and 47th over respectively, while Ben Stokes (6) too was out cheaply.Liam Plunkett (27) and Chris Woakes (18) then provided some lusty blows, sharing 45 off just 17 balls to take England close to the 400-mark.center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 08, 2019 SHARE ×last_img read more