Yakutat Bay

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Map of Yakutat Bay.
Glacier carved mountains near Yakutat Bay.

Yakutat Bay (Lingít: Yaakwdáat G̱eeyí) is a 29-km-wide (18 mi) bay in the U.S. state of Alaska, extending southwest from Disenchantment Bay to the Gulf of Alaska. "Yakutat" is a Tlingit name reported as "Jacootat" and "Yacootat" by Yuri Lisianski in 1805.

Yakutat Bay was the epicenter of two major earthquakes on September 10, 1899, a magnitude 7.4 foreshock and a magnitude 8.0 main shock, 37 minutes apart.[1]

The Shelikhov-Golikov company, precursor of the Russian-American Company, under the management of Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, settled Yakutat Bay in 1795.[2]: 15–16  It was known as New Russia, Yakutat Colony, or Slavorossiya.[3]

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Yakutat Bay has had various names.


  1. ^ Historic Earthquakes: Yakutat Bay, Alaska - September 10, 1899 from the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards website
  2. ^ a b Khlebnikov, K.T., 1973, Baranov, Chief Manager of the Russian Colonies in America, Kingston: The Limestone Press, ISBN 0919642500
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Glory of Russia (historical)
  4. ^ a b c d ), Geological Survey (U.S (1901). Bulletin – United States Geological Survey, Volumes 185–187. p. 442.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Filipino American History Timeline: 1791 from the Alaska Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society

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Coordinates: 59°43′54″N 139°50′19″W / 59.73167°N 139.83861°W / 59.73167; -139.83861

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