Thuraakunu (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Thuraakunu

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Thuraakunu
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 7°6′18″N72°54′07″E / 7.10500°N 72.90194°E / 7.10500; 72.90194 Coordinates: 7°6′18″N72°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 Malé330.89 km (205.61 mi)
Government
   Council Thuraakunu Island Council
Dimensions
  Length0.9 km (0.6 mi)
  Width0.38 km (0.24 mi)
Population
 (2014) [1]
  Total421 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)
Area code(s) 650, 20
Thuraakunu Lighthouse OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal skeletal tower [2] [3]
Focal height15 m (49 ft)  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Range10 nmi (19 km; 12 mi)  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Characteristic Fl W 5s.  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Admiralty numberF0762.9  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
NGA number 112-27394

Thuraakunu (Dhivehi: ތުރާކުނު) is the northernmost 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.

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History

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.

Geography

The island is 330.89 km (206 mi; 179 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé. [4]

Demography

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 347    
2014 393+13.3%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [5]

See also

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References

  1. "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 33. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. 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.
  3. Maldives The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 10 October 2016
  4. "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2018.