Laika Island

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Laika
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 16°49′38″S168°33′39″E / 16.82722°S 168.56083°E / -16.82722; 168.56083 Coordinates: 16°49′38″S168°33′39″E / 16.82722°S 168.56083°E / -16.82722; 168.56083
Archipelago Vanuatu, Shepherd Islands
Area1.0 km2 (0.39 sq mi)
Administration
Province Shefa Province
Demographics
Population0 (2015)
Ethnic groupsNone

Laika (also Ile Laika, Laïka, Île Laïka) is a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, a part of the Shepherd Islands archipelago in the Shefa Province of Vanuatu. [1] [2]

Geography

Laika is located 7.4 km north of the island of Tongoa Island and 2.6 km south-east of the islet of Tefala. Laika and the other islands scattered around Tongoa were once part of a larger land mass, formed by the eruptions of the Kuwae submarine volcano, [3] [4] which exploded around 1475. [5] Laika has an area of about 1 km².

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References

  1. "Laika Island". Getamap. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. "Tongoa - Laika". Birdlife International. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. Smithsonian Institution - Global Volcanism Program Kuwae
  4. C. Robin, M. Monzier, A. J. Crawford e S. M. Eggins, The Geology, Volcanology, Petrology...of the New Hebrides Island Arc, Vanuatu, Canberra, settembre 1993, pp.58-67
  5. Chaochao Gao et al. "The 1452 or 1453 A.D. Kuwae eruption signal derived from multiple ice core records: Greatest volcanic sulfate event of the past 700 years" Journal of Geophysical Research (2006)