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Ukinrek Maars volcano

Maars 91 m / 299 ft
United States, Alaska Peninsula, 57.83°N / -156.51°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Ukinrek Maars volcano eruptions: 1977 
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Wed, 7 Nov
Wed, 7 Nov 18:21 UTCM 2.0 / 134.6 km12 km- 96km SSE of King Salmon, Alaska
Tue, 30 Oct
Tue, 30 Oct 15:22 UTCM 1.130 km- 77km S of King Salmon, Alaska
Sun, 28 Oct
Sun, 28 Oct 11:04 UTCM 2.6 / 93.3 km31 km- 114km W of Larsen Bay, Alaska
Sun, 28 Oct 03:41 UTCM 1.4 / 83 km36 km- 124km W of Larsen Bay, Alaska
Wed, 24 Oct
Wed, 24 Oct 21:13 UTCM 0.5 / 13 km24 km- 88km S of King Salmon, Alaska
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Background:

Ukinrek Maars are two explosion craters that were created in an area without previous volcanic activity during a 10-day-long phreatomagmatic eruption March-April 1977. The basaltic maars were erupted through glacial deposits in the Bering Sea lowlands 1.5 km south of Becharof Lake and 12 km west of Peulik volcano; their location is related to the regional Bruin Bay fault. The elliptical West Maar, which was the first to form, is 105 x 170 m wide and 35 m deep. The other maar, 600 m to the east, is 300 m wide and 70 m deep. Both maars are now filled by crater lakes; the eastern lake encircles a 49-m-high lava dome that was emplaced at the end of the eruption. Base surges were directed primarily to the NW. Juvenile material from the Ukinrek eruptions was of mantle-derived olivine basaltic composition. The dacitic Gas Rocks lava domes, of Quaternary age, are located on the shores of Becharof Lake, 3 km north of Ukinrek maars and were the site of a phreatic eruption about 2300 years ago.
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