People in Hawaii are facing fresh warnings over toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean, as the state continues to battle eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

On Sunday, the first serious injury was reported when a man was hit by “lava spatter” – projectile molten rock – while sitting on his balcony.

 

“It hit him on the shin and shattered everything there down on his leg,” a spokeswoman for the county mayor said of the incident.

 

At the summit, a large explosion happened at around midnight on Friday night into Saturday, sending a plume of volcanic gas some 10,000ft (2 miles; 3km) into the air.

 

Despite safety concerns in some residential areas – and worries that volcanic ash could interfere with air travel – Hawaii’s business community has stressed that many tourist activities remain open, as do the island’s airports.

 

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