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Izu Islands – Gas Masks Obligatory

The Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands stretching south and east from the Izu Peninsula of Honshū, Japan.  Miyakejima island rests atop an active volcanic chain that has erupted six times in the last century. However, the danger isn’t just from volcanic eruptions, but from the highest concentrations of poisonous gasses (primarily sulfur) in the world regularly leaking up through the ground. Residents were evacuated from the islands in 2000 due to volcanic activity and dangerously high levels of gas. The people returned in 2005 but are now required to carry gas masks with them at all times in case gas levels rise unexpectedly.

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A wedding on the island

The active volcano on Miyakejima

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12 responses

  1. uncanny, whether it be world war II or today …

    February 4, 2014 at 18:17

  2. The first photo is by Victor Bulla of Pioneers defense drill preparing for World War in Leningrad, Soviet Union, 1938.
    I don’t know where you got your information from.

    January 14, 2014 at 10:55

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  4. wordsengineer

    that’s call unique..good.

    August 7, 2013 at 20:56

  5. WOW!

    June 27, 2013 at 01:56

  6. Unbelievable. There is such a lot of bizarre places in japan, like Hashima (Battleship Island) or Aokigahara (Suicide Forest).

    May 2, 2013 at 00:06

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  9. piumiu

    Thats so creepy.

    June 11, 2011 at 14:40

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