Name
Population
Area (sq km)
Okinawa
1,384,762
1201
Ie jima
5,055
27
Kumejima
8,953
64
Miyako
52,777
205
Yonaguni
1,684
29
Amami
66,192
712
Taketomi
4,221
334
Ishigaki
46,938
229
Osumi
51,914
1030
There are sixty-one major islands and hundreds of minor islands in nine groups: the
Osumi, Tokara and Amami islands make up the Satsunan (northern) cluster; the Okinawa,
Kerama and Daito islands make up the Okinawa (central) cluster; and the Miyako, Yaeyama
and Senkaku islands make up the Ryukyu (southern) cluster. The five islands of of
Senkaku group are claimed by both Chinas. There was a Richter 7.0 on February 27 2010 at
25.902°N, 128.417°E. Linguists will recall the Yaeyaman language with its distinctive kaida.
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