Hereheretue

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Hereheretue
Hereheretue2.JPG
NASA picture of Hereheretue Atoll
Hereheretue is located in French Polynesia
Hereheretue
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 19°52′20″S 144°57′46″W / 19.87222°S 144.96278°W / -19.87222; -144.96278
Archipelago Tuamotu archipelago
Area 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
4 km² (above water)
Length 9 km (5.6 mi)
Width 7 km (4.3 mi)
Country
France
Commune Hao
Largest city Otetou
Demographics
Population 58 (as of 2007)

Coordinates: 19°52′20″S 144°57′46″W / 19.87222°S 144.96278°W / -19.87222; -144.96278

Map of Hereheretue Atoll

Hereheretue is an atoll in French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean. It is the northernmost island of the Duke of Gloucester Islands group, or Îles du Duc de Gloucester, a subgroup of the Tuamotu group. Hereheretue's nearest neighbour is Anuanuraro, which is located about 150 km away. It lies 450 km southwest of Hao and 488 km southeast of Tahiti.

Hereheretue Atoll has a roughly trapezoidal shape. Its lagoon is quite deep and has an area of 23 km². The broad reef completely encloses the lagoon, so that there is no navigable passage to enter it.

Hereheretue is the only permanently inhabited atoll of the group. It had a population of 58 at the census of 2007. Most of the population lives in the main village Otetou.

History[edit]

First sighting recorded by Europeans was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernández de Quirós on 4 February 1606. With the other three atolls of the Duke of Gloucester Islands they were named Cuatro Coronas (Four Crowns in Spanish).[1]

Administration[edit]

NASA image of Hereheretue Atoll

Administratively the four atolls of the Duke of Gloucester Islands, including Anuanuraro, Anuanurunga and Nukutepipi, belong to the commune of Hereheretue, which is associated with the Hao commune.

There is a meteorological station on Hereheretue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burney, James A chronological history of the discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean London, 1803, vII, p.326.

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