UMMOA's Yahoo Islet discovery and claim
On 14 April 2008 (V:01E2008@058), the Geographer of the
United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA)
discovered a new islet whose existence the government was not
aware of previously.
Live Search Maps enhanced satellite image of Yahoo Islet
The islet appears to be south of Serranilla
or Firefox link) Since the islet was first detected
through a very meticulous search of Yahoo! Maps — the
Geographer of UMMOA was searching for Serranilla Bank as a
whole, and even that search proved to be far from easy —, it
was given the name of Yahoo
It appears that originally Yahoo Islet was named Beacon Cay. According to
the Wikipedia, Yahoo Islet is completely overbuilt with houses
and some military facilities, which were used by the US
Marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The station
is abandoned today. Besides Yahoo Islet, there are at least
three other very small cays that emerge above the water to
form the Serranilla Bank's islands: West Breaker, Middle Cay,
and East Cay.
Yahoo Islet has a triangular shape vaguely resembling Sicily,
and is about 0.47 miles wide, about 0.15 miles high, or about
0.0705 square miles in area (45.12 acres/18.26 hectares/0.1826
square kilometres). On that area you can fit about 135 older
American homes, so it isn't a big islet, but it isn't too
Yahoo Islet is located approximately at latitude 15° 44' 58.86'' North and longitude 79° 45' 35.52'' West (15.749683, -79.759868), and can be seen at a low resolution through the following Yahoo! and Live Search maps:
Permanent screen shots of Yahoo Islet are available at the links below, and the images are being kept in order to preserve evidence of the historical record:
The Government of UMMOA officially lays claim to Yahoo Islet.
UMMOA also lays claim to any other islets or cays that can be
found in either Serranilla
Bank or Bajo
Nuevo Bank, and which cannot be viewed even through high
resolution Internet maps (IE
Bajo Nuevo banks).
The Geographer of UMMOA has renamed the Low Cay of Bajo Nuevo
Bank Royal Cay.