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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13 thoughts on “Izu Islands – Gas Masks Obligatory

  1. yousnasserous

    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.

    1. Anonymous

      Thank you^ that guy. Look at the truck in the back. The little mounted gun in the left corner. Clearly pre world war 2

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