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Wittenoom, Australia - A contaminated history.

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posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 04:11 AM
Perhaps like ruins along the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, Wittenoom is now a literal ghost town.

To sum up, what happened to Wittenoom?
Once a blooming town, but it was all based upon asbestos.
And once exposed, it killed 80 percent of the inhabitants.

A documentary on Wittenoom by Vice:

According to wikipedia:

The mine was shut down in 1966 due to unprofitability and growing health concerns from asbestos mining in the area. Today, three residents still live in the town, which receives no government services. In December 2006, the Government of Western Australia announced that the town's official status would be removed, and in June 2007, Jon Ford, the Minister for Regional Development, announced that the townsite had officially been degazetted. The town's name was removed from official maps and road signs and the Shire of Ashburton is able to close roads that lead to contaminated areas.

So they can remove an entire town?

edit on 6-1-2020 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 04:17 AM
That guy will die, horribly.

Do not go there:
Source 1
Source 2

That is an incredible stupid trend on IG, to go to Pripjat, this town and other really dangerous places. Nothing to gain than vain glory and a long time of suffering after.

posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 04:36 AM
Psst ... the townsite had officially been degazetted.

And Pluto's no longer a planet.

How nice that we once have a wall between the contaminated and the uncontaminated.

posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 04:40 AM
And yet the Australian government pays this guy to give them temperature readings twice a day!

From the about second most contaminated place on Earth.

posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 05:41 AM
Yes and have been there quite a few times, last time I was there there were some people still living in their houses around 20 odd years ago, they stayed even after the town was shut down and road signs removed, I just read wiki which states three people still live there.

Nice gorgeous though.

posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 08:40 AM
Ghost towns are pretty common with mining booms and busts. There are a few of them around as once the work goes so do the people. Once the government woke up to the industries lies about asbestos it passed off production to India. I am not surprised Wittenoom has gone the way it has with all the history around the asbestos industry.

posted on Jan, 6 2020 @ 11:28 AM
There are a few rivers up North Australia that people aught to go swim in. Oooopppss NO, idiots, they're full of salt water crocodiles.
THE LESSON:- there's place to go and there are places not to go. Just use your intelligence and don't be stupid and keep away from places that are not conducive to human life. Easy aint it.

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