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    Explore Gunkanjima on Google Maps | Lost Collective

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    Exploring Gunkanjima has always been a dream of mine, and now Google have created the next best thing.

    The abandoned island, located 15 KM off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, was once a sprawling coal mining facility.

    At one stage, Hashima had the highest population density on Earth.

    Today, the island is one of the most untouched historic ruins in the world.

    From the 1930s' until the end of the second world war, Korean and Chinese prisoners-of-war, as well as conscripted Japanese civilians, were forced to work in the undersea coal mine as slave labourers under harsh and dangerous conditions.

    When Japan shifted its reliance from coal to oil as it's main fuel source, mining operations ceased, and in 1974 and the island was deserted.

    Hashima was officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2015

    Given the difficulty in accessing the island, I've put this on the back burner. In the meantime, I'll have to settle for the next best thing.

    Google has been kind enough to map the island and add Gunkanjima to street view.

    Do you remember the villain’s secret island hideout in the James Bond movie Skyfall, the one that looked like a decaying industrial wasteland?

    That fictional location was actually based on a real place — the island of Hashima off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. Due to its unique flat shape, the island is most widely known in Japan by its nickname Gunkanjima — aka “Battleship Island.”

    While we can’t replicate those unearthly sounds on Google Maps, we can now give you 360° panoramas of the Hashima with today’s launch of Street View imagery for the island.

    There is also this beautifully made YouTube video featuring the creation of this Gunkanjima street view. Imagine having this guy's job. I'm so jealous.

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    Read the original post here .

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