Wake Island facts

Wake Island
Wake Island map.png
Map of Wake Island
Geography
Location North Pacific
Total islands 3
Area 2.85 sq mi (7.4 km2)
Coastline 12.0 mi (19.3 km)
Elevation 20 ft (6.1 m)
Highest point Ducks Point
Country
 United States
Wake Island is under the administration of the United States Air Force
Demographics
Population 150
Wake Island air
Aerial overview of the atoll

Wake Island is an atoll (a type of island) in the Pacific Ocean, near Hawaii. It is controlled by the United States Army and United States Air Force. It is a territory of the United States, part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands. From December 1941 to August 1945 the Empire of Japan ruled Wake Island.

Geography

Wake is located to the west of the International Date Line and sits in the Wake Island Time Zone, one day ahead of the 50 U.S. states.

Referring to the atoll as an island is the result of a pre-World War II desire by the United States Navy to distinguish Wake from other atolls, most of which were Japanese territory.

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