Buariki (Tarawa village)

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Map of the Tarawa atoll

Buariki is a settlement on Buariki (Tarawa), the northernmost island of Tarawa atoll, Kiribati, which is in the administrative area of North Tarawa.[1]

In World War II, the final battle of the Tarawa campaign occurred here on 26 November 1943, when the United States' 2nd Battalion 6th Marines fought the Battle of Buariki. The entire surviving Japanese force of 156, who had escaped Betio and were trapped at Buariki, fought to the death. The Marines had lost 34 men while 56 were wounded.


  1. ^ "5. North Tarawa" (PDF). Office of Te Beretitent - Republic of Kiribati Island Report Series. 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 

Coordinates: 1°36′44.08″N 172°57′18.68″E / 1.6122444°N 172.9551889°E / 1.6122444; 172.9551889