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Map of Rat Islands showing major islands (line between Semisopochnoi Island and Amchitka Pass is the 180th meridian).
Map of the western Aleutian Islands, showing the Rat Islands on the right: Kiska Island (7), Little Kiska Island (8), Segula Island (9), Khvostof Island (10), Davidof Island (11), Little Sitkin Island (12), Rat Island (13), Amchitka Island (14), and Semisopochnoi Island (15).

The Rat Islands (Aleut: Qax̂um tanangis[1]) are a volcanic group of islands in the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska, between Buldir Island and the Near Islands group to its west, and Amchitka Pass and the Andreanof Islands group to its east, at about 51°47′17″N 178°18′10″E / 51.78806°N 178.30278°E / 51.78806; 178.30278Coordinates: 51°47′17″N 178°18′10″E / 51.78806°N 178.30278°E / 51.78806; 178.30278.

The largest islands in the group are, from west to east, Kiska, Little Kiska, Segula, Hawadax or Kryssei, Khvostof, Davidof, Little Sitkin, Amchitka, and Semisopochnoi. The total land area of the Rat Islands is 360.849 sq mi (934.594 km2). None of the islands are inhabited.

Hawadax Island

The name Rat Islands is the English translation of the name given to the islands by Captain Fyodor Petrovich Litke in 1827 when he visited the Aleutian Islands on a voyage around the world. The islands are named so because of the rats that have ruled Rat Island since about 1780.[2] As of 2009, the island is believed to be rat free.[3]

The Rat Islands are very earthquake-prone as they are located on the boundary of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. In 1965, there was a major earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7 in the Rat Islands.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergsland, K. (1994). Aleut Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. 
  2. ^ http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=09-P13-00029&segmentID=5
  3. ^ "Alaska's Rat Island rat-free after 229 years". Reuters. 12 June 2009. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Stolzenburg, William (2012). Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408825174. 

External links[edit]



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70 news items

The Southland Times

The Southland Times
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:48:10 -0700

The North Pacific quake was off the coast of the Rat Islands, about 2000 kilometres west of the Alaskan peninsula at 8.53am (NZ time). It was initially recorded as a magnitude 7.2 quake but this was revised to magnitude 8 a short time later. It was at ...
 
Sinarharian
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:37:30 -0700

KUALA LUMPUR - Gempa bumi kuat berukuran 6.0 pada skala Richter berlaku pada awal pagi Selasa di Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Rusia. Menurut kenyataan Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia di sini hari ini, gempa bumi itu berlaku pada 5.11 pagi dan ...
 
FinanzNachrichten.de (Pressemitteilung)
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:11:15 -0700

In der Nähe der zum US-Bundesstaat Alaska gehörenden Rat Islands im Beringmeer hat sich am Montag ein sehr starkes Seebeben ereignet. Geologen gaben einen Wert von 8,0 auf der Magnituden-Skala an. Diese Werte werden oft später korrigiert.

Il Messaggero

Blasting News
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:26:40 -0700

L'epicentro del terremoto di magnitudo 8 della scala Richter era nell'oceano Pacifico, al largo delle isole Aleutine e delle Rat Islands. La zona di trova al confine fra il mare di Bering e l'oceano Pacifico del nord. Ma il terremoto in Alaska non è ...

Italiani Nel Mondo

Italiani Nel Mondo
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:45:00 -0700

Quello che segue è l'elenco dei terremoti registrati nelle ultime 72 ore, e riportato dalla Fondazione Giuliani Tellus Project, con in evidenza le scosse registrate in Sicilia e in rosso i due forti terremoti registrati l'altro giorno a Rat Islands e ...
 
Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:26:41 -0700

Dazu meldet epochtimes.de: In der Nähe der zum US-Bundesstaat Alaska gehörenden Rat Islands im Beringmeer hat sich am Montag ein sehr starkes Seebeben ereignet. Geologen gaben einen Wert von 8,0 auf der Magnituden-Skala an. weiterlesen .
 
Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:00:33 -0700

Weitere Nachricht dazu von epochtimes.de: In der Nähe der zum US-Bundesstaat Alaska gehörenden Rat Islands im Beringmeer hat sich am Montag ein sehr starkes Seebeben ereignet. Geologen gaben einen Wert von 8,0 auf der Magnituden-Skala an.
 
Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:55:15 -0700

Mehr dazu von dts-nachrichtenagentur.de: In der Nähe der zum US-Bundesstaat Alaska gehörenden Rat Islands im Beringmeer hat sich am Montag ein sehr starkes Seebeben ereignet. weiterlesen ... dts-nachrichtenagentur.de schreibt: Bei der Kollision ...
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