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Located off the South-West coast of Nagasaki in Japan lies the spooky and abandoned Hashima Island. Shaped like a warship afloat the ocean it is also known as the Gunkanjima or Battleship Island. Part of the 505 islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture the ghost island of Hashima spreads across 61,000 square meters in size. During its glory days as a major coal mining site, the island was home to 5,259 people which results in an astonishing density of 83,500 people per square kilometer. The island was bought by the Mitsubishi Corporation in 1890 with the intent of extracting coal from undersea beds. A rapid surge in the popularity of petroleum coupled with a dampening demand for coal caused Mitsubishi to abandon its operations at the [&hellip

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