Moqua Well

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Moqua Well
Moqua Well-en.svg
Location Yaren
Coordinates 0°33′S 166°55′E / 0.550°S 166.917°E / -0.550; 166.917Coordinates: 0°33′S 166°55′E / 0.550°S 166.917°E / -0.550; 166.917
Type underground lake
Basin countries Nauru
Surface area 2,000 m2 (0.49 acres)
Average depth 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Max. depth 5 m (16 ft)
Surface elevation 5 m (16 ft)

The Moqua Well is a small underground lake, in Nauru.


During World War II, Moqua Well was the primary source of drinking water for inhabitants of Nauru.[1] It is for this reason that the body of water is referred to as a well instead of a lake.[2]

In 2001, Nauruan authorities decided to put up a fence to prevent accidents, after an alcohol-related drowning in the same year.[1][2]


The well is located below the Yaren district. The Moqua Well is not well known, one of a few attractions in Nauru.

Linguistic disambiguation[edit]

The name of the well 'Moqua' (sometimes referred to as 'Makwa') is derived from the former name by which Yaren was known.

Other feature[edit]

Nearby are the Moqua Caves, a series of underground caves below Yaren.


  1. ^ a b "Moqua Caves and Moqua Well", Gatis Pāvils, 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Nauru – Attractions", iExplore.

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