Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oceania contd - Wake Island (annex-6)

Wake Island  is a coral atoll with a coastline of 12 miles (19 km) just north of the Marshall Islands. It is an unorganizedunincorporated territory of the United States, administered by the Office of Insular AffairsU.S. Department of the Interior. There are about 150 people living on its 2.85 square miles. Access to the island is restricted, and all activities on the island are managed by the United States Air Force. There is also a missile facility operated by the United States Army. The largest island, Wake Island, is the center of activity on the atoll and is the location of Wake Island Airfield (IATAAWKICAOPWAK), which has a 9,800-foot (3,000 m) runway.
On January 6, 2009, President George W. Bush included the atoll as a part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.For statistical purposes, Wake is grouped as one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands.