Thuraakunu (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Thuraakunu is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 7°6′18″N 72°54′07″E / 7.10500°N 72.90194°E / 7.10500; 72.90194Coordinates: 7°6′18″N 72°54′07″E / 7.10500°N 72.90194°E / 7.10500; 72.90194
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Ihavandhippolhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 329.89 km (204.98 mi)
 • Council Thuraakunu Island Council
 • Length 0.9 km (0.6 mi)
 • Width 0.38 km (0.24 mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 347
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
Area code(s) 650, 20
Thuraakunu Lighthouse
Location Thuraakunu
Haa Alif Atoll
Coordinates 7°06′19.4″N 72°53′42.7″E / 7.105389°N 72.895194°E / 7.105389; 72.895194
Foundation concrete base
Construction metal skeletal tower
Tower shape square pyramidal skeletal tower
Focal height 15 metres (49 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)[1]
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number F0762.9
NGA number 27394[2][1]

Thuraakunu (Dhivehi: ތުރާކުނު) is the northern-most island in Maldives, one of the fourteen inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and is geographically part of the Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the Maldives. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Thuraakunu Island Council.

Thuraakunu is the closest island to Minicoy. Formerly there was direct trade between both, and fishermen from both islands used to visit each other. This exchange continued even after Minicoy became part of the Indian Union after independence. However, after 1956 the Indian government forbade these visits. Now, despite the geographical proximity and ethnographic similarities, people from both islands are not allowed to meet each other.

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  1. ^ a b List of Lights, Pub. 112: Western Pacific and Indian Oceans Including the Persian Gulf and Red Sea (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2015. 
  2. ^ Maldives The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 10 October 2016
  • Bell, H.C.P.: The Maldive Islands, An account of the physical features, History, Inhabitants, Productions and Trade. Colombo 1883.
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5

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