Abandoned places? It's what you don't see that can scare you
Want to be frightened? Here are five places that have been abandoned, their emptiness creating a kind of eeriness. Strangely, most of them are now tourist attractions. From a devasted town in Hawaii to an abandoned Greek village in Turkey to a former disaster site in the Ukraine, here are VirtualTourist's “Top 5 Ghost Towns.” Just remember: The lights aren’t on, and no one is home.
--McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Hawaii's Big Island( Ronen Zilberman/Associated Press )
This 2002 photo begins to tell the story of why there is no longer a Royal Gardens Subdivision near Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. In the early 1980s, the land was seen as highly valuable, thanks to its beautiful view of the volcano and the ocean. Few seemed to worry that it was a little less than 4 miles from the vent of Kilauea Volcano. By March 1983, the first house in the subdivision was destroyed by a lava flow. A few inhabitants remained until the final house was destroyed in 2012. If the weather is good, visitors can see active flows at the end of the Chain of Craters Road within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or from the County Viewing Area at Kalapana.