When you think of an island, you think of luxury, remote, safe, cocktails, and laughter. Not when it comes to these islands listed, you will definitely not find them on your destination lists! I am one of the top facts, unknown and spooky, unusual when researching. It makes you wonder how big this world is!
It was at Bikini Atoll that the United States conducted a series of 23 nuclear detonations from 1946 to 1958. With regard to this time period, I highly recommend Jack Niedenthal’s book For the Good of Mankind by former BLO Jack Niedenthal.
Goaway to Miyakejima, Japan
Some of Japan’s most populous cities are just a short boat ride away from your idyllic island home. There are just a few thousand people in your little town, so everyone knows each other well. As a general rule, you have an exquisite existence with access to some lovely beaches.
When an alarm goes out that can be heard all around the island, you quickly grab your gas mask and put it on so you don’t die. This is something that everyone is supposed to do at all times. The island of Miyake is now yours.
Gruinard Island (Scotland) It used to be the testing ground for biological warfare during World War Two. It was so contaminated that it was deemed out-of-bounds for half a century.
Sentinel Island, India
Located in the Indian archipelago of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, North Sentinel Island is one of two islands known as South Sentinel Island. An indigenous people living in voluntary exile, the Sentinelese have guarded their exclusion against contact with the outside world, often by force.
Ramree Island is located on the island of Ramree in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Myanmar (Burma). Ramree Island is also known for its dangerous crocodiles. When the island was occupied by Japan in 1942, it was used as a key airbase by British and Indian forces in 1945.
Poveglia island, Italy
The Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy has the small island of Poveglia, situated between Venice and Lido. The island is divided into two portions by a tiny waterway. The island was first mentioned in history in 421 and inhabited until 1379 when its inhabitants fled the conflict.
Ilha da Queimada, Brazil
The “snake island” Ilha da Queimada, off the coast of Brazil, is home to tens of thousands of golden spearhead vipers, the only species found there. According to local lore, there are approximately five of these crawling insects on every square meter of the island, making them among the world’s most venomous. Only a lighthouse keeper lived on the island for years; however, the Brazilian Navy currently forbids any civilians from visiting.
Farallon Islands, United States
Between 1946 and 1970, radioactive waste was dumped in the waters of the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. 48,000 drums of low-level radioactive waste were reportedly shipped off the islands, but no one knows exactly where they are or how dangerous they are to the ecosystem. Great white sharks are drawn to the area by the enormous population of elephant seals.
Measurements near the wreck show no radioactive pollution despite a load of drums of trash when it was deliberately torpedoed in 1951. In March 2015, the aircraft carrier USS Independence was rediscovered in the vicinity.
Thilafushi Island, Maldives
Garbage Island is its name. It’s true that the Maldives are unable to dispose of their waste in massive dumps like the rest of us. Because there were few other options, the Maldivians decided to start dumping trash in a deserted lagoon. Beach towels and bathing suits are not required because there is no area to spread out.
Saba Island, Carribean
Saba Island’s unfortunate location puts it right in the path of some of the most powerful and destructive winds on the planet. Hurricanes have pounded the island more frequently than any other in the last century, with the exception of the Hawaiian Islands.
Vozrozhdeniya Island, Uzbekistan
Located This island, which lies on the Kazakh-Uzbek border, is surrounded by a deadly desert. At the absolute least, a relic from the history of an island.
Fishing villages and turquoise lagoons previously dotted Vozrozhdeniya, which is now an abandoned ghost town, but back when the Aral Sea was at its peak, it was a thriving place.
For years, the Soviets mistreated the sea, leading the waters to recede and the sea to turn to dust, while the rivers that fed it were diverted to grow cotton farms. Salty sand laced with deadly pollutants is all that remains of the old oasis.