NASA picture of Hikueru Atoll
|Area||107 km2 (41 sq mi)
25 km² (above water)
|Length||15 km (9.3 mi)|
|Width||9.5 km (5.9 mi)|
|Population||268 (as of 2007)|
NASA picture of Hikueru.
Location of Hikueru in the Tuamotu Archipelago
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|• Land||49 km2 (19 sq mi)|
|• Population1 density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||98721 /|
|1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.|
Hikueru Atoll's shape is roughly oval and it is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) in length and 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) in width. It covers a total surface of 107 square kilometres (41 sq mi). There are many motu on its reef with a combined land area of about 25 square kilometres (9.7 sq mi). Its lagoon is deep, with numerous coral heads. It has no pass to enter it.
|Atoll||Population (2007)||Area (km²)|
Like Marokau, Hikueru used to be a large natural pearl oyster reserve. The 1903 cyclone wrought considerable damage, however, and caused the death of 377 people, including 261 from the island of Hao. In his "South Sea Tales", Jack London gives a vivid description of this disastrous hurricane.
In the 1988 census, only 123 inhabitants were found to be still living on Hikueru. This was up to 268 by 2007. The population of this island makes a living by collecting copra. Up to the 1970s, it was one of the main deep-sea diving centres in the Tuamotu atolls.
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