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Tanaga reported activity




Event Name : Tanaga 1791/6

This is a questionable event.

Start:June 9, 1791 Observed

"Smoke": BibCard BibCard
Tephrafall: BibCard
Eruption Type:Other

Description: Grewingk (1850, translated 2003 by Fritz Jaensch): Sauer and Sarychev saw smoking on the 9th of June, 1791. The English translation of Sarychev (translated from Russian in 1806 and 1807, republished 1969) makes no mention of smoking, and reads: "we were presented with the spectacle of a lofty volcanic mountain, that exposed to our view, at the distance of scarcely two miles, its black and tremendously tall side of rock."

Sauer (1802) writes that on the 9th of June, 1791, "At first we took the rock for the Volcano Gorelloi; but soon discovered it to be the northwest extremity of Tanaga, which is formed by an uneven-topped volcano, appearing like a cluster of mountains. One terminates in a conical point, of extreme height, emitting sometimes a column of smoke. They are all covered with snow, which descends in ridges to below the middle of the mountain, but much darkened by the quanity of ashes upon it."

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