Today we are at Fanning Island, one of the Line Islands, and part of a country called Kiribati. Population is less than 2,000; roads and power are non – existent.
Some interesting factoids:
International Date Line – We are 900 miles almost due south of Hawaii yet one day later. The International Date Line was jutted out east in 1994 because it dissected Kiribati. It is not like Chicago and New York where it is an extra hour. Two different days meant that local commerce could only be carried out in the four common week days.
The time zone is 14 hours ahead UTC making it the world’s farthest forward time zone. They see each new day first.
Hemispheres – Kiribati is the only country in the would to sit in all four hemispheres.
Climate change – Some folks think climate change is fake news. Not these folks. Their country is sinking annually and it is anticipated to be totally submerged in 20 years.
WW II – In the Battle of Tarawa (November 20-23, 1943) the U.S. began its Central Pacific Campaign against Japan by seizing the heavily fortified, Japanese-held island of Betio.
Here, during four days, the U.S. Marines suffered almost as many killed-in-action casualties as U.S. troops suffered in the six-month campaign at Guadalcanal Island.