Teressa Island

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Teressa
Native name: तेरेस्सा
Nickname: Luroo
Teressa is located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Teressa
Teressa
Geography
Location Bay of Bengal
Coordinates 8°16′N 93°08′E / 8.27°N 93.13°E / 8.27; 93.13Coordinates: 8°16′N 93°08′E / 8.27°N 93.13°E / 8.27; 93.13
Archipelago Nicobar Islands
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Teressa     
Area 86.5 km2 (33.4 sq mi)[1][2]
Length 5.3 km (3.29 mi)
Width 19.6 km (12.18 mi)
Coastline 52.8 km (32.81 mi)[2]
Highest elevation 250 m (820 ft)[2]
Administration
District Nicobar
Island group Nicobar Islands
Subdivisions of India Nancowry Subdivision
Largest settlement
Bengali
(population 400)
Demographics
Demonym Hindi
Population 1934 (2014)
Pop. density 22.35 /km2 (57.89 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Hindu, Nicobarese
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 744301
Telephone code 03192
Official website www.and.nic.in
ISO Code IN-AN-00[3]
Literacy 84.4%
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio /
unit_pref Metric
Census Code 35.638.0002
Official Languages Hindi, English, Tamil
Car (regional)

Teressa (Luroo in the Teressa language, Hindi: तेरेस्सा, also called Tarasa Dwip) is one of the Nicobar Islands, India.

History[edit]

When Austria (1778-1784) and Denmark (1754/56-1868) claimed Nicobar Islands as a colony, They named Teressa after the Austrian Arch-duchess Maria Theresia. Extensive damage to the island's flora and fauna occurred following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Geography[edit]

Teressa lies west of the neighboring island of Camorta and northwest of Katchal. The smaller island known as Chowra is to the north and Bompoka lies to the east. The northern portion of the island has elevations reaching 87 meters. The island has a surface area of 101.26 km².

Demography[edit]

The Indian National Census of 2011 showed the island to have a population of 1,934, and the largest settlements were: Bengali (354), Kalasi (335), and Minyuk (305).

Administration[edit]

The island belongs to the township of Nancowry of Teressa Taluk.[4]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Andaman. 
  2. ^ a b c "Islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India)". UN. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  4. ^ Tehsils