Kiska Volcano Information

Kiska Volcano Information
If you want to explore really out-of-the-way places, Kiska Volcano may pique your interest. The mountain is located at the northern tip of Kiska Island in the Alaskan Aleutians. The island is under the administration of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Kiska Volcano

Kiska Volcano is an active volcano with eruptions every few decades, most recently in 1989. Its summit is approximately 4,000 feet above sea level.


Kiska Island

A trip to Kiska Volcano is really roughing it because the island is uninhabited except for research scientists. The nearest settlement (Adak, Alaska) is 250 miles away.

Kiska in WW2

Kiska is a National Historic Landmark. In 1942 the island was invaded and held by the Japanese. Ruins of gun emplacements and other structures are still evident.


Kiska Volcano is surrounded by cliffs on three sides. However, the southern slope is moderate and provides good access for skiing in the spring and early summer.


Kiska is noted as a haven for seabirds and also for its population of rats descended from rodents brought by passing ships over the last two centuries.


If you visit Kiska, remember the island is truly remote. Medical and other facilities are hundreds of miles away. In addition, ordnance left by the Japanese still presents some hazard.


Article Written By W D Adkins

W D Adkins has been writing professionally for two years. His writing interests include education, business and finance. Adkins is a doctoral student with Masters Degrees in history and sociology from Georgia State University. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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