August 18, 2013 Edition
• Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
• West Loch, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
The claim: Oahu, 12,191
What it really is: West Loch was the site of a disaster that occurred on May 21, 1944, and kill 163. The exact cause of the explosion that caused the disaster remains unknown to this day.
Most wreckage has since been removed and salvaged, but LST-480 still remains. A memorial is also located at the site as well.
• Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Hawaii
The claim: Wahiawa, Oahu, ?
What it really is: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific is the provider for the operational direction and management to all Pacific Naval Telecommunication System users.
To put it in layman’s terms, it’s the largest communications relay facility for the US Navy in the Pacific.
• Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Hawaii
• Kahoolawe Island, Hawaii
The claim: Kahoolawe Island, 28,800. Until 1994, the entire island was off limits to civilians and used for bombardment practice, including simulated nuclear weapons.
What it really is: In 1990 the US Navy ended live fire training on the island of Kaho’olawe. In 1994 the island was transferred to the state of Hawaii.
In 1981 the island was added to the National Register of Historic Places due to its archaeological sites. In 1993 the state legislator established the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve, turning the entire island into a nature reserve.
The island itself has no permanent population due mostly to the fact that the island lacks fresh water.
• Hickam AFB, Hawaii
• Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility, Hawaii
The claim: Kauai, 1,925
What it really is: The Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, is a Navy facility that is also the world’s largest instrumented, multi-dimensional testing and training missile range.
While it’s location along the coast makes it ideal for missile testing, the fact that it’s next to sugar cane fields (which could be accessed by the public), and in is on flat land, would make it very hard location to hide a FEMA camp on.
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