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Event Name : Mageik 1953/2

Start:February 21, 1953 Observed

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Eruption Type:Not an eruption.

Description: MacDonald (1953) reports that on February 21, 1953, the Kodiak Mirror reported that Mount Mageik had erupted. Addiontal reports of activity at Mageik ("steaming and smoking badly") are found in the July 13 and 14 editions of the Anchorage Daily News. Fierstein and Hildreth (2001) doubt the validity of these reports, stating: "Not a single one of the 20th century tephra eruptions of Mageik listed in Simkin and Siebert's (1994) "Volcanoes of the World" seems plausible. Configuration of the crater has not changed since it was first photographed in 1923; there are no juvenile ejecta in the crater or around its rim (except a scattering of 1912 pumice clasts from Novarupta); and the only late Holocene fall deposits on the or near the lower flanks of Mageik are the Novarupta pumice falls of 1912 and the black Trident ash of 1953." Many other accounts report that Mount Mageik was steaming during 1953 (MacDonald, 1953; Military observers, 1953; Muller and others, 1954; Snyder, 1954). Such steam does not constitute a volcanic eruption.

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