Flag of Wake Island

Wake Island Geography Profile 2018

Home > Factbook > Countries > Wake Island

LocationOceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to the Northern Mariana Islands
Geographic coordinates19 17 N, 166 39 E
Map referencesOceania
Areatotal: 6.5 sq km
land: 6.5 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparativeabout 11 times the size of the National Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline19.3 km
Maritime claimsterritorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Terrainatoll 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
Elevation extremesmean elevation: NA
elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 8 m
Natural resourcesnone
Land useagricultural land: 0%
arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 0%
forest: 0%
other: 100% (2011 est.)
Irrigated land0 sq km (2012)
Natural hazardssubject to occasional typhoons
Environment - current issuespotable water obtained through a catchment rainwater system and a desalinization plant for brackish ground water; hazardous wastes moved to an accumulation site for storage and eventual transport off site via barge
Geography - notestrategic location in the North Pacific Ocean; emergency landing location for transpacific flights

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on January 20, 2018