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Event Name : Makushin 1802

Start: 1802 Observed

"Fire", "Glowing", or incandescence: BibCard BibCard BibCard
Eruption Type:Explosive
MaxVEI: 3 BibCard

Description: Grewingk (1850, translated 2003 by Fritz Jaensch) writes that Langsdorff reported strong earthquakes and fire-eruption of Makushin in 1802.

Langsdorff (1812, translated by Victoria Joan Moessner, 1993) reports that "Unalaska had heavy earthquakes almost every month until 1802, when finally there was an extraordinary earthquake, one never experienced there before, that destroyed several huts. In 1806, they could no longer remember exactly in which month it had happened, so unremarkable is such an exceptional natural event for the inhabitants of that area.

"Since then, the peak of the new island [Bogoslof?] has ceased to burn brightly. The volcano on Unalaska, however, suddenly roared again mightily for the first time in many years. It, as well as the volcano on Unimak and the new island, reciprocally burned and smoked." This report does not state which year the "burning and smoking" occurred in.

Plummer (1898) translates Grewingk as "Makushin active with flames and smoke."

Sapper (1917) is more hesitant about the eruption aspects of this event, and questions the "fire-spewing" notations.

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