‘Which city was removed from maps because it was so dangerous?’

In Australia, there was a town called Wittenoom that was eradicated from maps due to the lingering presence of asbestos deposits left behind by crocidolite mines.

Wittenoom was a town that developed around an asbestos mine and gained city status in 1950.

The first cases of illnesses related to high concentrations of harmful asbestos dust were reported in 1962.

The mine was closed in 1966, and in 2006, the process of erasing the name of the city from maps and road signs began. National highways were also rerouted to minimize traffic in the area. As of December 2019, the former Wittenoom area was inhabited by only one person.




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