Pavlof Islands

The Pavlof Islands (Qudugin[1] in Aleut) are a group of seven islands that lie south of Pavlof Bay on the Alaska Peninsula. They are part of the Aleutians East Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The islands include Dolgoi Island (Anganax̂six̂), Goloi (Atx̂uunux̂), Inner Iliasik (Iluuĝix̂ Ixsaĝdaaĝux̂), Outer Iliasik (Qagaaĝix̂ Ixsaĝdaaĝux̂), Poperechnoi (Kuyagdax̂), Ukolnoi (Kitaĝutax̂̂), and Wosnesenski (Unatxux̂). Dolgoi Island is the largest of these in area. They have a total land area of 206.265 km2 (79.639 sq mi) and are uninhabited.[2]

An increase in earthquake activity was noted at Pavlof on June 1, 1997. Two days later the National Weather Service in Cold Bay reported a steam plume rising 3,000 feet (914 m) above Pavlof's summit. The Alaska Volcano Observatory monitors the volcano and expects renewed activity. Pavlof last erupted from September to December 1996. This update is based on information posted by the U.S. Geological Survey's Alaska Volcano Observatory on Volcan ListServ on June 3, 1997.[3]

1838 A.F. Kashevarov, a Creole commanding Russian-American Company merchant vessels, led a party traveling in skin boats from Cape Lisburne to a point 30 miles east of Point Barrow. He recorded information about the Inuit people.[4]

The English name for the island comes from Pitka Pavalof, a Creole of Russian-Native. In 1893, Pitka Pavalof and Sergei Gologoff Cherosky, Creoles of Russian-Native descent, found gold on Birch Creek in Interior Alaska. Learning of the discovery, prospectors jumped their claims and argued that the claims were invalid because the men were Natives. The discovery attracted more non-Natives to the Yukon River and the town of Circle was founded.[5]


  1. ^ Bergsland, K. (1994). Aleut Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center.
  2. ^ Pavlof Islands: Blocks 2040 and 2041, Census Tract 1, Aleutians East Borough, Alaska United States Census Bureau
  3. ^ "Pavlof, Alaska". Archived from the original on 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  4. ^ See Year 1838 under Section: 1741 to 1867 on the WebPage: http://vilda.alaska.edu/site-templates/timeline.html Archived 2007-10-23 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ See Year 1893 under Section: 1867 to 1896 on the WebPage: http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm4/timeline.pdf

Coordinates: 55°08′00″N 161°42′00″W / 55.13333°N 161.70000°W / 55.13333; -161.70000

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