Akutan Island

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Akutan Island is located in Alaska
Akutan Island
Location in Alaska

Akutan Island (Aleut: Akutanax̂[1]) is an island in the Fox Islands group of the eastern Aleutian Islands in the U.S. state of Alaska. The island is approximately 18 mi (30 km) in length. It contains the Mount Akutan volcano, which had a major lava eruption in 1979. The land area is 129.01 sq mi (334.13 km²), and the island's population was 713 (2000 census), all in the city of Akutan, near the island's eastern end.

Akutan is an Aleut name reported by Capt. P. K. Krenitzin and M. 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."

Closeup of Akutan Island
Wide view of Akutan Island
Hot springs bay

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


  1. ^ Bergsland, K. (1994). Aleut Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. 

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