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Akutan reported activity





Event Name : Akutan 1895/8

This is a questionable event.

Start:August 1, 1895 Observed

Active; type of activity not specified: BibCard
"Smoke": BibCard
"Fire", "Glowing", or incandescence: BibCard
Eruption Type:Other

Description: A letter dated August 2, 1895, was printed in the August 30th, 1895 edition of the San Francisco Call: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1895-08-30/ed-1/seq-9.pdf . This letter describes an observation of Aktuan: "A volcano on Akutan, a few miles west of here, is sending out great volumes of smoke, and it is doing a little in the way of belching out fire and lava. Last night we were close to it, and it was clear, a good view was had. I believe this is only periodically active, as I was in this vicinity last season and twice before that, but have not noticed so much smoke from it. There are five volcanoes within 100 miles, four of them at present active, or at least smoking."

On August 14, 1895, the Fish Commission Steamer Albatross reported "Mt. Akutan in eruption." Logbooks transcribed by the Old Weather project give the ship's position as N 54 03' , W 166 40'. Scanned images of the relevant logbook pages are available here: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol026of055/vol026of055_051_1.jpg and http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol026of055/vol026of055_051_0.jpg

Transcription notes here: http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3965.msg114333#msg114333

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