Buka, Papua New Guinea

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Buka
Town
Buka Township, with Sohano Island (Bottom left) and Buka Airport
Buka Township, with Sohano Island (Bottom left) and Buka Airport
Buka is located in Papua New Guinea
Buka
Buka
Location in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 5°25′19″S 154°40′22″E / 5.42194°S 154.67278°E / -5.42194; 154.67278
Country  Papua New Guinea
Province Bougainville Province
District North Bougainville District
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Main languages Nasioi, Rorovana

Buka is located on the southern coast of Buka Island, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, in eastern Papua New Guinea (country).

It is the capital of the North Bougainville District, and the interim provincial capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Geography[edit]

The city and Buka Island are separated from the northern tip of Bougainville Island by the Buka Passage. Both islands are in the northern Solomon Islands archipelago, and the only major ones not within the nation of Solomon Islands.

History[edit]

Buka was the capital of the Bougainville Province, during the 1990s Bougainville Civil War. The former, or "proper" capital of Bougainville, Arawa, was all but destroyed in 1990 as tensions reached a critical level in a civil uprising, which ended in 1997.



Coordinates: 5°25′19″S 154°40′22″E / 5.42194°S 154.67278°E / -5.42194; 154.67278