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Beach in obscurity on Pagan Island

The Northern Islands Municipality of the Northern Mariana Islands consists of a group of uninhabited islands, spanning about 400 miles of the North Pacific, to the south of Japan. The closest inhabited island is Saipan to the south.

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The islands from south to north are:

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  • Farallon de Medinilla — the smallest proper island in the archipelago, that spent most of the 20th century getting blasted to hell by U.S. Navy training exercises
  • Anatahan — the most active of the Mariana volcanoes, Anatahan's lava has scared off humans and even most plants alike
  • Sarigan — while inhabited from 1900 until 1945, Sarigan is now a nature preserve, but is off-limits following a submarine volcanic eruption just to the south
  • Guguan — never supporting a permanent population, this island is home to the rare Micronesian Megapode
  • Alamagan — sporadically inhabited, but it has been vacant since evacuation in 2009 from Typhoon Choi-wan; ruins may be present of the village on the northwest coast
  • Pagan — two volcanoes connected by a strip of land, uninhabited (most likely) since an evacuation forced by a 1981 eruption; has a grass airstrip
  • Agrihan — an enormous, active stratovolcano, sporadically inhabited (in very small numbers) in modern history, but now vacant
  • Asuncion Island
  • Maug Islands — these three islands are actually the highest points of a single submerged volcano's rim, leaving a deep pool in the middle where the crater would be
  • Farallon de Pajaros — an active volcano sits at the heart of the northernmost of the Marianas, to the south of South Iwo Jima, of the Ogasawara Islands (Japan)

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