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Tarawa Atoll is located in the central Pacific Ocean. It is composed of a chain of coral islets with an area of 23 square km (about 9 square miles) and a population of 28,802 in 1990. Tarawa atoll is shaped like a triangle with it's base running east to west. The base is a chain of islands and so is the eastern side right to the tip. The western side is a reef all the way with a passage north of the western corner.

Tarawa Atoll
Tarawa Island (Betio Island)  located at the southwest end of Tarawa Atoll, USMC landing November 20, 1943.
Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins Field)  located on Tarawa Island used by the Japanese and expanded by the US.
Tarawa Lagoon (Betio Lagoon)  borders Tarawa Island November 20, 1943 amphibious landing.
Bonriki Island  located at the eastern tip of Tarawa Atoll.
Bairiki Island  located in Tarawa Atoll, capital of
Buariki Island  located at the northern tip of Tarawa Atoll.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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