NASA picture of Eauripik Atoll
|Area||0.236 km2 (0.091 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
Eauripik Island is a coral atoll of three islands in the western Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. Its total land area is only 23.6 hectares 0.236 square kilometres (0.091 sq mi), but it encloses a deep lagoon of 5.921 square kilometres (2.286 sq mi). With light southwest winds, there are usually breakers on both sides of the atoll. All of the islets are covered with coconut palms. There used to be five islets, but two were washed away in the late 1970s by typhoon waves. Eauripik is located approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) southwest of Woleai.
As with all of the Caroline Islands, sovereignty passed to the Empire of Germany in 1899. The island came under the control of the Empire of Japan after World War I, and was subsequently administered under the South Pacific Mandate. Following World War II, the island came under the control of the United States of America and was administered as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947, and became part of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1979.
- Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Vol. 1, p. 900
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