Good afternoon and late afternoon, come back with us on the site about various interesting information about the world, namely at Obatlambungbengkak.net. On this occasion, we will again discuss several cities in the world that are on the verge of being destroyed due to technology developed by humans.
Perhaps the most famous is the result of the nuclear reactor exploding at Chernobyl in Pripyat, Ukraine. Where the reactor exploded did not take many lives but the radiation emitted by the reactor caused the city of Chernobyl to be abandoned by its residents so that now it becomes a dead city.
Now, that is one example of several cities that have been destroyed or have been abandoned by their inhabitants, where the destruction of the city was caused by human activity. Indeed, increasingly sophisticated technology can make it easier for us to carry out our daily activities, but if it is not used properly, there will be negative impacts.
As has happened in some parts of the world today, and when a disaster has occurred, we can only find out how to prevent it or try not to happen again.
And on this occasion we will continue the list of cities that are no longer habitable or do not occupy them because of the technology that is being developed. Hopefully what is on this list can be a lesson for you. Here’s the explanation:
- Kantubek, Uzbekistan
Kantubek is a city in the middle of Uzbekistan which is known as a “center for testing biological weapons” in the world.
Previously, Kantubek was a small town with a population of 1,500 along with scientists and staff from Aralsk-7 who were diligent in testing biological weapons, but now it has been abandoned and left to become a ghost town.
Apart from being a test city for biological weapons, Kantubek was also known as “the island of asbestos”.
Some of the most famous series of biological weapons testing by the former Soviet Union, including trials of anthrax, smallpox, bubonic plague, brucellosis, to tularemia, all of which can be dangerous and deadly diseases for mankind.
Based on known data, in 1971 10 people had direct contact with smallpox and 3 out of 10 of these people all died.
Then in 1988 it was discovered that the Kantubek laboratory staff buried tons of anthrax germs which were originally to be used as biological weapons. The spore-shaped anthrax bacteria, which these germs can reactivate at any time, have been around since being abandoned in 1992.
In 2002, the United States and Uzbekistan were known to collaborate to carry out decontamination at the burial site for the Anthrax germ spores.
Despite these efforts, one of the microbiological scientists working there, Gennadi Lepyoshkin, opened his voice.
He said that even if the decontamination was carried out, it was not impossible for rodents to be contaminated with biological weapons so that until now there was no guarantee that the city was clean from biological weapons. Isn’t that awful?
Kantubek is one of the terrible cities due to technological breakdown, caused by the ambition and power of past leaders to win the world war, and today it can be used as a valuable lesson.
- Picher, Oklahoma
Picher is a small town located in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. In 1913 Pitcher was one of the cities where mining was the main source of income.
At that time there was a mining company, called the Picher Lead Company, where the company managed to mine a lot of lead and zinc which was worth 20 billion US dollars between 1917 and 1947.
Until the mid-1990s found three small children in the city of Picher who have cognitive impairments. This is known to be due to the high levels of lead in their bodies. Then after that more and more cases of learning difficulties were found in schools in Picher.
The city of Picher, which in 1918 had 9,726 and the largest population of 14,252, was abandoned in 2006.
The main reason for the massive mass transfer was not because the lead level was too high, but because of a study which said that the city of Picher could collapse at any time and collapse due to years of mining.
The US government itself doesn’t plan to make Picher a human-habitable city again. Instead, the US government will return the city to the Quapaw tribe, who were originally the Picher tribe before there was mining.