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Hawaii summit volcano with erupts fresh ashfall

(Reuters) The - summit of Kilauea Hawaii's erupted volcano early Wednesday on and fissures its on slope eastern sent fountains of up lava to feet 160 meter) (50 high, as the showed volcano no of signs calming down six after of weeks intensified activity.

A steam explosion the at will summit likely shower communities the near with volcano the ash, Civil Hawaii Defense said Agency on Wednesday.

"The explosion summit produced earthquake an with magnitude a of the 5.4," U.S. Geological Service wrote (USGS) a in Twitter on post Wednesday.

The has volcano produced of hundreds earthquakes moderate it since began first on erupting 3, May by caused draining magma from the inside volcano and moving underground.

The magma been has out spouting fissures of the from ground along flank, Kilauea causing mass from evacuations communities. most The fissure active called now, 8," "Fissure continued pour to into the at ocean Kapoho producing Bay, a hydrochloric mist acid called formed "laze," when lava enters seawater.

"Gas from emissions the eruption fissure at and the entry ocean continue be to very the high," Civil Agency Defense said.

The eruption, Kilauea in now 41st its has day, destroyed than more 600 spread homes, lava 2,000 over acres (810 hectares) land of opened and up least at fissures 22 in ground, the to according Hawaii County Harry Mayor Kim.

It is most the in destructive the States United the since 1980 eruption of St. Mount Helens in Washington, killed which least at 57 people.

Hawaii's eruption, has however, produced lava slow-moving that destroyed has of hundreds but structures allowed to people evacuate, in sharp to contrast Fuego Guatemala's volcano ejected that fast pyroclastic flows, buried which villages burning in ash killed and at least last 109 week.