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  • United States
  • Alaska
  • Stratovolcano
  • 1987 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 56.011°N
  • 159.797°W

  • 1895 m
    6216 ft

  • 312060
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Kupreanof.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Kupreanof.

Index of Monthly Reports

Reports are organized chronologically and indexed below by Month/Year (Publication Volume:Number), and include a one-line summary. Click on the index link or scroll down to read the reports.

03/1987 (SEAN 12:03) Steam and ash emission from solfatara field

Contents of Monthly Reports

All information contained in these reports is preliminary and subject to change.

03/1987 (SEAN 12:03) Steam and ash emission from solfatara field

On 10 March at about 1200 MarkAir pilot Jerry Chisum observed ash and steam emission from a solfatara field on the SSW flank (at 56.00°N, 159.81°W). The steam dissipated within 2 km of the solfatara field, but a grayish-brown ash horizon extended about 15 km N at 1,800 m altitude. On 17, 22, and 26 March Chisum made close observations of the region and noted only normal steam emissions. No previous eruptions are known in historical time.

Information Contacts: J. Reeder, ADGGS.

Kupreanof is the largest and NE-most of a group of five relatively closely spaced Quaternary volcanic centers opposite Stepovak Bay. A debris flow or block-and-ash flow with possible juvenile fragments descended a late-Pleistocene valley south of the volcano. The 1895-m-high stratovolcano displays vigorous fumarolic activity. Its only known historical activity consisted of minor steam and ash emission that was reported from a SSW-flank solfatara field in 1987.

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1987 Mar 10 1987 Mar 10 Confirmed 1 Historical Observations SSW flank (1575 m)

The Global Volcanism Program has no synonyms or subfeatures listed for Kupreanof.

Steam plumes (center) rise from a prominent fumarole on the upper SSW flanks of Kupreanof volcano. The 1895-m-high stratovolcano is the largest and NE-most of a group of five relatively closely spaced Quaternary volcanic centers opposite Stepovak Bay. The only known historical activity from Kupreanof consisted of minor steam and ash emission that was reported from the SSW-flank solfatara field in 1987.

Photo by Tom Miller, 1973 (U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Volcano Observatory).

The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title.

Miller T P, 1979. . (pers. comm.).

Motyka R J, Liss S A, Nye C J, Moorman M A, 1993. Geothermal resources of the Aleutian arc. Alaska Div Geol Geophys Surv, Prof Rpt, no 114, 17 p and 4 map sheets.

Smithsonian Institution-SEAN, 1975-89. [Monthly event reports]. Bull Scientific Event Alert Network (SEAN), v 1-14.

Wilson F H, 1989. Geologic setting, petrology, and age of Pliocene to Holocene volcanoes of the Stepovak Bay Area, Western Alaska Peninsula. U S Geol Surv Bull, 1903: 84-95.

Volcano Types


Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite
Basalt / Picro-Basalt


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Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Kupreanof Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
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