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NASA picture of Anuanurunga Atoll
Anuanurunga is located in French Polynesia
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 20°36′S 143°24′W / 20.600°S 143.400°W / -20.600; -143.400Coordinates: 20°36′S 143°24′W / 20.600°S 143.400°W / -20.600; -143.400
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)  (lagoon)
7 km2 (3 sq mi) (above water)
Width 3.3 km (2.05 mi)
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hao
Population Uninhabited[1] (2012)

Anuanurunga[2] is an atoll in French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Duke of Gloucester Islands, a subgroup of the Tuamotu group. Anuanurunga's nearest neighbor is Nukutepipi, which is located about 22 km (14 mi) to the ESE.

Anuanurunga is a very small atoll. It is ring-shaped, measuring approximately 3.3 km (2.1 mi)in diameter with a total area of 7 km2 (3 sq mi). Its reef is quite broad, enclosing completely the small lagoon. There are four relatively large islands on its reef, as well as a few small motu.

Anuanurunga Atoll is uninhabited.


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).[3]

British naval officer and explorer Philip Carteret visited it in 1767. He named this atoll Four Crowns.[4]


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


  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Young, J.L. (1899). "Names of the Paumotu Islands, with the old names so far as they are known.". Journal of the Polynesian Society. 8 (4): 264–268. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Burney, James A chronological history of the discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean London, 1803, vII, p.326.
  4. ^ Sample Chapter(s) for Historical%2

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