25 Fascinating Ghost Towns Apr 5, 2017 by Sarah (Awesome Escape Blogger)

Ghost towns have an eerie and undeniable appeal, so check out 25 fascinating ghost towns around the world, from California to Chernobyl.

Deception Island, Antarctica

Deception Island was once home to a whaling station built in the early 1900s only to be shut down in 1968 after a devastating volcanic eruption. The small outpost had been built to harvest oil from whales; the oil was used to lubricate machine guns during World War I. Among the whaling and refinery equipment can be seen the remains of an old Airstrip built by the British in the early 1900s. In 1911, the first flight over the Antarctic had taken off from that airstrip. After the island was abandoned, the eerie refinery equipment and enormous oil drums would be left to decay in the frozen wastes.

While the station had been operated by the United Kingdom during the 1900s, the Argentinians and the Chileans started to take an interest in the remote island in the 1950s and 1960s. But no one would be able to settle Deception Island after 1968. That marked the start of six years of violent volcanic activity causing the residents to flee for their lives from a rain of volcanic rocks and ash. Now the only visitors to the Island are tourists that come by boat and tread carefully in hopes the volcano will remain quiet during their visits.

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