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Saturday, Jul 22, 2017
An increase in seismic activity was detected at Great Sitkin starting with seismic tremor on July 21 16:17 AKDT (July 22 00:17 UTC). After about an hour, tremor transitioned to discrete earthquakes. ... [more]
 

Great Sitkin volcano

Stratovolcano 1740+ m / 5,709 ft
United States, Aleutian Islands, 52.08°N / -176.13°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Last update: 22 Jul 2017
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Great Sitkin volcano eruptions: 1974 No recent earthquakes
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Background:

Constructed within the caldera of an older shield volcano forming the northern half of Great Sitkin Island, 1740-m-high Great Sitkin volcano contains a small, 0.8 x 1.2 km ice-filled summit caldera. Deep glacial valleys radiate from the summit, which lies at the eastern rim of the caldera, which was formed by massive edifice failure that produced a submarine debris avalanche that traveled more than 40 km to the north. The entire island is blanketed with a light-brown to black pumice layer up to 6 m thick. This deposit is overlain over much of the NW side of the island by ash deposits from a subsidiary vent NW of the caldera. Hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles occur near the head of Big Fox Creek, south of the volcano. Historical eruptions have been recorded since the late-19th century. In 1945, a 400-600 m wide, flat-topped lava dome was emplaced through a glacier filling the steep-sided, 180-m-deep summit caldera.
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