Changa Island is located in the western Pacific Ocean, five hundred miles east of Guam. It is unclaimed by any government territories. The island is one square mile through the majority of the year; however, it will be as small as one hundred square yards during monsoon season, which lasts from late July to early November. Much of the island disappears beneath the ocean, because waters tend to swell during the wet season and may become susceptible to typhoons and as much as ninety-three inches of rain per year. The island consists of a tropical marine climate. The mean high temperature for the year is eighty-nine degrees with a low mean temperature of seventy-five degrees. Changa also experiences occasional seismic activity with earthquakes recording magnitudes between 3.1 to 5.7.
Life on ChangaEdit
There is no life on the island and no evidence to suggest the existence of an indigenous people. The only existing life on the island is two coconut trees and occasional crabs. The coastline characteristics include sandy beaches and coral reef. The surrounding waters are calm most of the year and are home to thirteen species of fish like the goatfish, popper fish, and slap fish.
Changa was made famous in 1945, when an American patrol ship found United States Air Force Captain, Nathaniel Martin, stranded on the island. Captain Martin washed up on the island sixty days prior when he was forced to eject from his plane due to a leaking fuel tank.