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Akutan Island

Coordinates: 54°07′41″N 165°55′05″W / 54.12806°N 165.91806°W / 54.12806; -165.91806
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Akutan Island is located in Alaska
Akutan Island
Location in Alaska
Akutan Island

Akutan Island (Aleut: Akutanax̂;[1] Russian: Акутан) is an inhabited island in the Fox Islands group of the eastern Aleutian Islands in the Aleutians East Borough of Alaska.



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 the island, 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 on the island including the Akutan Hot Springs.[2]


Cliffs of Akutan Island
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 1778. This name may be from the Aleut word "hakuta" which, according to R. H. Geoghegan, means "I made a mistake."[citation needed]

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

See also



  1. ^ Bergsland, K. (1994). Aleut Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center.
  2. ^ Mann, Mary; Kaspereit, Dennis; Kirkman, Robert (2019). "Akutan Geothermal: Resource Report". Geothermal Research Group. doi:10.2172/1596089. OSTI 1596089. S2CID 213963856. Retrieved September 18, 2020. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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54°07′41″N 165°55′05″W / 54.12806°N 165.91806°W / 54.12806; -165.91806