Three eruptions have occurred near the Pauahi Crater in history. The first was in May 1973, when a fissure erupted briefly on the floor of the crater. The November 1973 eruption lasted a total of 31 days (10 November — 9 December) but most of the activity was during the first 10 hours of the first day. The second eruption created a set of echelon fissures that extended from just west of the crater, across the crater floor, and east of the crater almost to Puu Huluhulu, a total distance of about 2 miles (3 km). The third explosion occurred on 16 November 1979 and lasted only 1 day.