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Lava spills through Hawaii neighborhood
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An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area with the force of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

Since May 3, Kilauea’s lava, ash and rocks have destroyed about 600 homes, closed major highways and prompted health warnings.

It’s moving fast

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The eruption has spewed out enough lava to fill 45,400 Olympic-sized pools since it started, the US Geological Survey said.

The lava is “enough to cover Manhattan 6.5 feet deep” and fill 11.3 million average dump trucks, it said.

It’s scalding hot

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It’s not just bubbling out fast, it’s hot too. The eruption temperature of Kīlauea lava is a scalding 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the USGS.

“This is the hottest lava we’ve seen during this eruption,” Wendy Stovall, a scientist with USGS told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now. “Lava can’t get hotter than where we are.”

The melting point of steel is about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The earthquakes won’t stop

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

Over the weekend, there were 500 quakes in the summit area of Kilauea in a 24-hour period – the highest rate ever measured

The ash explosion had been anticipated amid a flurry of earthquakes and increasing pressure, according to US Geological Survey. It erupted Wednesday at 4:07 p.m. local time.

At least 12,000 earthquakes on Hawaii’s Big Island in the last 30 days

The lava’s entry into the ocean was also producing laze – a hazardous mix of acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass. Residents have been warned to avoid the area.

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CNN’s Dave Alsup and Madison Park contributed to this report.