PAHOA, HI - MAY 4: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a column of robust, reddish-brown ash plume occurred after a magnitude 6.9 South Flank following the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on May 4, 2018 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. The governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency near the Mount Kilauea volcano after it erupted following a 5.0-magnitude earthquake, forcing the evacuation of nearly 1,700 residents. (Photo by U.S. Geological Survey via Getty Images)
Lava spills through Hawaii neighborhood
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If the images of liquid fire don’t grab you, these staggering numbers from the Kilauea volcano eruption might.

Lava keeps spewing on Hawaii’s Big Island, swallowing homes and igniting fears of more destruction to come from Kilauea.

Here’s what the disaster looks like, by the numbers:

12.000 earthquakes

Lava burns across a residential road Saturday near Pahoa, Hawaii.

Since May 4, there have been more than 12,000 earthquakes, according to US Geological Survey geologist Janet Babb. The quakes can be felt right near the Kilauea summit, Babb said.

After lava starts seeping across the surface, you can generally tell how hot it is by its color.

Yellow means the lava is about 1,832 to 2,192 F. Orange is about 1,472 to 1,832 F. And red is about 1,112 to 1,472 F.

‘Hundreds’ of homes

Lava errupts from a fissure on a street in Leilani Estates after Kilauea's eruption last week.

That includes at least 26 homes, and those numbers could grow. “The intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues,” the US Geological Survey said.

1,700-plus residents evacuated

A man watches as lava spews from a fissure in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii.

All residents of Leilani Estates and nearby Lanipuna Gardens were told to evacuate. For one man, that meant saying goodbye to a house he built with his own hands.

250 feet

Aerial footage shows lava spilling from a fissure.

The highest lava fountain measured so far has reached 250 feet.

On Wednesday, a 15th fissure formed – this one in the Lanipuna subdivision, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said.

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Hundreds of earthquakes

The eruption of Kilauea came after a series of earthquakes.

In the last week, there have been more than 890 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2 or greater on and around the Big Island, according to the USGS Volcano Science Center.

Even before the recent eruption, magma shifting around underground was already causing quakes, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said.

“The quakes are usually a good indication that an eruption may occur,” Jones said.

A large earthquake struck Hawaii's Big Island on Friday.

The biggest was a 6.9 temblor Friday.

On an island known for unpredictable quakes and volcanic eruptions, it’s impossible to be sure exactly when the next will strike.

CNN’s Judson Jones, Janet DiGiacomo, Marilia Brocchetto and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.