NASA picture of Fakahina Atoll
|Area||20 km2 (7.7 sq mi) (lagoon)
8 km2 (3 sq mi) (above water)
|Length||9 km (5.6 mi)|
|Width||6.3 km (3.91 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Pop. density||19 /km2 (49 /sq mi)|
Fakahina Atoll's length is 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) and its maximum width 6.3 kilometres (3.9 miles). It has a land area of 8 square kilometres (3 square miles) and a lagoon area of 20 square kilometres (8 square miles). There is no pass connecting the lagoon with the ocean.
Fakahina has 155 inhabitants. The main village is Tarione.
The ancient Ma'ohi people used this atoll as a site for sacrifices.
The first recorded European to arrive to Fakahina Atoll was Otto von Kotzebue, sailing in the service of the Russian tsars, in 1824. This atoll appears as "Predpriati" in some maps.
There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Fakahina which was inaugurated in 1985.
Fakahina belongs to the commune of Fangatau, which consists of Fangatau Atoll, as well as the atoll and associated commune of Fakahina.
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- 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.
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