The Intersection

Take One Last Look


If Supertyphoon Ioke keeps its present course, Wake Island will look very different after the 50 foot waves (and higher) have passed….

P.S.: Larger image available here. See also NASA’s terrifying size comparison between the gigantic Supertyphoon and the tiny island.


  1. #1 ekzept
    August 30, 2006

    well, the NOAA buoy’s down.

  2. #2 Babbler
    August 31, 2006

    We’ll always have Battlefield 1942

  3. #3 Ick of the East
    August 31, 2006

    Check out this Google Earth file for constantly updated paths and cloud maps:

  4. #4 Mark Paris
    August 31, 2006

    With a maximum elevation of about 21 feet, 50 foot waves should have little problem completely submerging the island. I presume it has been evacuated of people, but I wonder what will happen to the birds. Have they already flown?

  5. #5 Chris Mooney
    August 31, 2006

    Wake Island is famous for its hermit crabs. I don’t know how they survive this either.

  6. #6 rose
    June 19, 2007

    I am every interesting wake island.

  7. #7 kevin
    October 7, 2007

    I just wish i could visit it some day.

  8. #8 Tami
    November 7, 2007

    Dear Chris, How did you get interested in Wake? Wake Is. is my “home town” sort of, I grew up there. I have been trying to figure out a way to return for a visit with my family so that they can see why it means so much to me. If you can help, I’d appriciate it. Sincerely, Tami

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