10 Places Ruined by Man (Part 1)

The disasters that people have caused may be more or less tragic, but none so bad as when a man utterly destroys a habitat.Though water, air and land are seemingly free resources, it is necessary to manage them well. With this in mind we present you a list of 10 places ruined by man that had to be abandoned because of the great neglect of the environment:

Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat is a ghost town in the northern part of Ukraine near the border with Belarus. It was the city inhabited by the employees in the nuclear power plant Chernobyl. After the accident of 1986 the city was abandoned within a radius of 30km. The number of inhabitants before the accident was about 50,000, and today the area is completely empty.Radiation levels were too high for Pripyat to be a safe place to live, but now it is considered relatively safe for tourists to visit.In this eerie ambiance tourists can see the old amusement park with rickety rides, lifeless cars and other evidence that life once took place here.This place was ruined by man.

Ferris Wheel, Pripyat, Ukraine_ruined by man via Flickr, by Matt Shalvatis, license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Centralia, Pennsylvania (USA)

Next place on the list, ruined places by man is Centralia. Centralia is an old mining town that once had around 1,000 inhabitants. Today it is a real ghost town, with deadly carbon monoxide fumes raising from the ground.

What happened?

The fort was abandoned in 1962, after a fire broke out in the coal mines beneath the city. The fire burns even today, and some experts predict it could take another 250 years to be able to put it down. When all the residents moved out, the zip code of Centraila was discontinued.

02-Centralia, Pennsylvania-1_ruined by man via Flickr, by Dennis, license CC BY-NC 2.0

Carteret (Kilinailau) Islands, Papua New Guinea

The residents of this island located in the South Pacific have become the first victims of climate change, and abandoning the islands prevented a catastrophe. Namely, the rate at which the sea level increases threatens to sink the entire island by 2015.

03- Carterets, Papua New Guinea_ruined by man via Flickr, by Citt, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Wittenoom, Western Australia

This small town in Western Australia is known as the home of the biggest industrial catastrophes in the history of the continent. Most of Wittenoom residents worked in the nearby asbestos mine and the whole population was exposed to the deadly effects of crocidolite, which was 1000 times higher than the levels allowed. Although the city was abandoned in 1966, the air remains polluted and poisoned to this day, and the state of Western Australia has the highest rate of cancer per capita.

04- Wittenoom_-_Western Australia_ruined by man via Wikimedia Commons, By Five Years (Own work), CC-BY-SA-3.0

Picher, Oklahoma – Ruined by Man

Picher, the modern ghost town, is another victim of polluted air which caused the local lead and zinc mines.Studies from the mid-nineties revealed that a third of the children who lived in Picher had elevated levels of lead in their blood. In 2009 the city was abandoned.

05- Picher, Oklahoma_ruined by man via Flickr, by MRHSfan, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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