NASA picture of Fakahina Atoll
|Area||20 km2 (7.7 sq mi) (lagoon)
8 km² (above water)
|Length||9 km (5.6 mi)|
|Width||6.3 km (3.91 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Population||131 (as of 2007)|
Fakahina Atoll's length is 9 km and its maximum width 6.3 km. It has a total area of 20km2 and a land area of 8km2. There is no pass connecting the lagoon with the ocean.
Fakahina has 131 inhabitants. The main village is Tarione.
The ancient Ma'ohi people used this atoll as a site for sacrifices.
The first recorded European to arrive to Fakahina Atoll was Otto von Kotzebue, sailing in the service of the Russian tsars, in 1824. This atoll appears as "Predpriati" in some maps.
There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Fakahina which was inaugurated in 1985.
Fakahina belongs to the commune of Fangatau, which consists of Fangatau Atoll, as well as the atoll and associated commune of Fakahina.
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