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10 Abandoned Places

This is interesting. A version of this I saw elsewhere gave the reasons why they were abandoned, but I can't get it to play on my DSL internet. So here is the YouTube version.

Here's what happened:

Hashima Island, Japan - shut down coal mining town
Centralia, PA USA - uncontrolled mine fire since 1962
Beetilz-Heilstatten, Germany - former military hospital. Russian-occupied after WWII.
Oradour-Sur-Glane, France - over 600 people massacred in 1944. Left as a memorial.
Maunsell sea forts, UK - Built during WWII
Bodie, CA USA - gold mining town
Humberstone, Chile - Saltpeter mine (saltpeter can be made synthetically now.)
Kolmanskop Namibia - diamond mine
Craco,Italy - recurring earthquakes between 1959 and 1972 made it uninhabitable
Pripyat Chernobyl, Ukraine - largest nuclear disaster in history

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rosiethehobbit
Jan. 25th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
I've been to Centralia. Not really the safest place to go walking around looking back. The smoke coming out of the ground in so many places is really kind of creepy.
bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
PA is a dangerous state all around with abandoned mines everywhere, waiting to collapse from the weight of some development built on top of it.

Centralia would be very creepy and unsafe.
droxy
Jan. 25th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
You forgot Detroit. Bodie is a protected historical site you can tour. =)

Edited at 2011-01-25 03:30 pm (UTC)
bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
There are lots of abandoned places in the US that are not mentioned. I saw a city in WV that had been a booming mining town at the turn of the last century. When the coal was gone, the people left, too. There were some wild stories told about lawlessness back in the wild days. When they worked to restore the abandoned rail lines to make a bike trail, they found dead bodies all through the woods.
belluthien
Jan. 30th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Indeed, fascinating. Thanks for sharing this and asking me if I saw it!
Hugs you,
y
bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 30th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it.
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