Kilauea volcano's lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools: USGS

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The preliminary magnitude of the second event was 5.4.

Since the Kilauea volcanic eruption began on May 3, it's spewed 113.5 million cubic meters of lava onto Hawaii's Big Island, according to an estimate from the United States Geological Survey.

The lava is also flowing into the ocean, where it has created about 200 acres of new land, while also releasing risky gas plumes and causing explosions as the molten rock hits the cold water.

Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say communities on the south part of the island may be impacted by falling ash.

Also Saturday, there was an explosive eruption of rock and ash at Kilauea's summit at 4:50 a.m. that produced a plume expected to possibly blow to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View. This activity continues to feed the fast-moving channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho.

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The Kapoho ocean entry area continued to produce robust plumes, and USGS said "observers also noted vigorous convection taking place up to 0.9 miles offshore from the entry points".

Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify.

Over the last five weeks, 24 fissures have opened in and near the Leilani Estates community of about 750 homes on lots of at least one acre.

To date, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes and forced close to 400 people into emergency shelters.

"When waves splash onto molten lava, they "explode" in a cloud of steam, hot water and tephra (molten splatter) called a 'tephra jet, '" the USGS wrote on Facebook.

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