Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spooky ghost town-Kadykchan

Kadykchan

This creepy coal mining town went into swift decline after the collapse of the USSR. A drop in demand for the fuel, plus a horrific mining accident in 1996 saw authorities abandon the area, leaving it without schools, doctors and even running water.

Thousands of residents moved to places that still had access to these luxuries, and by 2008 the 10,000-strong population had dwindled to just 200.

Described as ‘Chernobyl without the radiation by one travel blogger, this is a dangerous place made even spookier by the fact it was apparently built by Gulag prisoners during World War 2.


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