Pauahi (crater)

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The Pauahi Crater from the overlook.

The Pauahi Crater is a crater of 2,000 feet (610 m) long and about 300 ft (91 m) deep located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) along the Chain of Craters Road on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Chain of Craters is made up of the Hiiaka, Pauahi, Pu'u Huluhulu, Kane Nui O Hamo, Makaopuhi, and Napau craters.

Eruptions in history[edit]

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 (November 10 — December 9) 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 November 16, 1979 and lasted only one day.

The Pauahi Crater is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, at coordinates 19°22′6″N 155°13′21″W / 19.36833°N 155.22250°W / 19.36833; -155.22250Coordinates: 19°22′6″N 155°13′21″W / 19.36833°N 155.22250°W / 19.36833; -155.22250.[1]


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