Wake Island



Official Country Name
Wake Island

Wake Island Overview
The US annexed Wake Island in 1899 for a cable station. An important air and naval base was constructed in 1940-41. In December 1941, the island was captured by the Japanese and held until the end of World War II. In subsequent years, Wake was developed as a stopover and refueling site for military and commercial aircraft transiting the Pacific. Since 1974, the island's airstrip has been used by the US military, as well as for emergency landings. All operations on the island were suspended and all personnel evacuated in August 2006 with the approach of super typhoon IOKE (category 5), which struck the island with sustained winds of 250 kph and a 6 m storm surge inflicting major damage. A US Air Force assessment and repair team returned to the island in September and restored limited function to the airfield and facilities. The future status of activities on the island will be determined upon completion of the survey and assessment.

Wake Island Economy
Economic activity is limited to providing services to military personnel and contractors located on the island. All food and manufactured goods must be imported

Wake Island Location
Wake Island is located in Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to the Northern Mariana Islands

Region
Wake Island is located in Oceania

Wake Island Population
Wake Island has population of no indigenous inhabitants

Wake Island Climate
Wake Island has tropical

Wake Island Terrain
atoll of three low coral islands, Peale, Wake, and Wilkes, built up on an underwater volcano; central lagoon is former crater, islands are part of the rim

Wake Island Natural Resources
none

Ethnic Groups in Wake Island
Wake Island has the following ethnic groups - no indigenous inhabitants

Wake Island Religions
N/A

Wake Island Languages
N/A

Wake Island Capital
Wake Island capital is

Wake Island Currency
Wake Island currency is

Map of Wake Island