How much cooler can Street View get? Google adds abandoned Hashima island to their list of roads taken

How much cooler can Street View get? Google adds abandoned Hashima island to their list of roads taken
We love technology at PhoneArena. What may be less obvious, though, is our kink for technology used in unusual (and awesome!) ways. Lucky for us, time and time again, Street View has provided – from swimming with turtles to sightseeing in Antarctica. The latest conquest of the Street View team comes from the good people of Google's team Japan who took an eerie walk through Hashima, the derelict island a short trip from Nagasaki.

Until 1974, when it was abandoned, the remote isle housed some 5000 people, mostly coal miners and their families, when the Japanese government took steps to break away with the outdated form of energy production as petroleum replaced it. Disposed of and uninhabited, the island is fighting a losing battle with nature, keen to reclaim its former domain.

Too dangerous for stray civilians to explore, the Japanese government opened the site as a tourist attraction in 2009. With many areas off limits, Google Japan employees apparently found a way to forgo the strict discipline of supervised visiting groups. They were, therefore, able to freely roam the remnants of the town and lived to show you the story thanks to Google's wearable Trekker camera.

Enough talk, we now invite you to glimpse through the gallery below and if it sparks your interest – make sure to take a look at the 'making-of' video underneath.




source: Google Street View via DigitalTrends

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8 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Zombie apocalypse refugee: CHECK

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Quick! Somebody tell the poor fellas from The Walking Dead!

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Heh, I have to say abandoned buildings are always interesting to look at.

3. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

my street map is not working.... m using s4 i9500 ... can any1 help me out here....

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Mmm, what is wrong with it?

6. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

I saw this on Flipboard, super cool

7. ZeroCide

Posts: 806; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This is where old buildings go to die.

8. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Is this the island from Skyfall?

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