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Akutan Island is located in Alaska
Akutan Island
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Akutan Island

Akutan Island (Aleut: Akutanax̂; Russian: Акутан) is an island in the Fox Islands group of the eastern Aleutian Islands in the Aleutians East Borough of Alaska.

Geography

The island is approximately 18 mi (30 km) in length. The land area is 129.01 sq mi (334.13 km²). Mount Akutan volcano is located on it, which had a major lava eruption in 1979.

The island's population was 1,027 (2010 census). All lived in the city of Akutan, near the island's eastern end.

A significant geothermal area is located in the on the island including the Akutan Hot Springs.

History

Akutan Island closeup
Cliffs of Akutan Island
Akutan Hot Springs Bay
Hot springs bay

Akutan is an Aleut name reported by Capt. Pyotr Krenitsyn and Mikhail Levashev in 1768, and spelled Acootan by James Cook in 1785. This name may be from the Aleut word "hakuta" which, according to R. H. Geoghegan, means "I made a mistake."

The Akutan Zero, a Japanese Zero aircraft, was named for the island after it crashed there during World War II and was recovered by the United States military.

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