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Shishaldin reported activity





Event Name : Shishaldin 1898/4

Start:April 1898 Observed

Lava flow: BibCard
Tephra plume: BibCard
"Fire", "Glowing", or incandescence: BibCard
Eruption Type:Explosive
MaxVEI: 2 BibCard

Description: The April 29, 1898 logbook entry for the US Revenue Cutter Service vessel Bear reads, in part: "Mid to 4 A.M. * * * 3:00 saw Shishaldin volcano in eruption, smoke and flames." Images of the logbook are available at the Old Weather project website: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol079/vol079_164_1.jpg , http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol079/vol079_163_0.jpg , http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol079/vol079_164_0.jpg .

Stanley-Brown (1899) writes "There are two very intelligent and well-to-do traders (Charles Rosenberg and Charles Swanson) who live with their families at Morshovia village, near the base of the mountain [Shishaldin]. While on a trip in their schooner to Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Bay, last summer [1898?] for supplies they told me that the volcano is now in a state of eruption, and that at night they had seen, high on the slopes, tongues of molten lava creeping slowly down the mountain side and branching around obstacles lying in their course, thus leaving islands between the fiery streams. They asserted also that ashes are ejected from the crater, and that on hunting trips they had ascended far enough to detect the heat and recognize the sulphurous fumes."

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