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Wake Island
Wake Island map.png
Map of Wake Island
Location North Pacific
Coordinates 19°18′N 166°38′E / 19.3°N 166.633°E / 19.3; 166.633Coordinates: 19°18′N 166°38′E / 19.3°N 166.633°E / 19.3; 166.633
Total islands 3
Area 2.85 sq mi (7.4 km2)
Coastline 12.0 mi (19.3 km)[1]
Elevation 20 ft (6.1 m)
Highest point Ducks Point
 United States
Wake Island is under the administration of the United States Air Force
Population 150[source?]
Aerial overview of the atoll

Wake Island is an atoll (a type of island) in the Pacific Ocean, near Hawaii. It is controlled by the United States Army and United States Air Force. It is a territory of the United States, part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands.


Wake is located to the west of the International Date Line and sits in the Wake Island Time Zone, one day ahead of the 50 U.S. states.

Referring to the atoll as an island is the result of a pre-World War II desire by the United States Navy to distinguish Wake from other atolls, most of which were Japanese territory.


  1. Coastline for Wake Islet: 12.0 mi (19.3 km); Coastline for Wake Atoll: 21.0 mi (33.8 km)

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