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People Of This Japanese Town Wear Gas Masks Everytime For A Shocking Reason

A town that is known by the name of Miyake-jima in Japan is a site of high activity of volcanic eruption and poisonous gases. Hence the government had to pass laws making gas masks mandatory when people are leaving their place. 

So if you're in Miyake-jima, it is alright to forget the grocery list, but not your gas mask. 

People Of This Japanese Town Wear Gas Masks Everytime For A Shocking Reason

People Of This Japanese Town Wear Gas Masks Everytime For A Shocking Reason

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Miyake Jima is located about 180 km from Tokyo. 

Miyake Jima is located about 180 km from Tokyo. 

It is dominated by Mount Ōyama, which is an active volcano and has erupted several times in the past few years. 

There are gas sirens in this town installed everywhere. 

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Every time, sulphuric acids levels go up, the sirens go off, and there is an alert everywhere. 

It is said that over the past century, this volcano has erupted 6 times. 

It is said that over the past century, this volcano has erupted 6 times. 

The worst of these eruptions happened in 2000, and 17,500 earthquakes accompanied it. 

There was a toxic leak from the earth, and the government had to evacuate 3,600 citizens. 

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After the situation was under control, the citizens were allowed to move back in town, but strict rules regarding rules for usage of gas masks were stated. 

After the incident, ash plumes soared nearly 10 miles in height and enveloped major part of the town. 

After the incident, ash plumes soared nearly 10 miles in height and enveloped major part of the town. 

For full 5 years, the town was off-limits. It was just a pile of dead trees and rusted vehicles. It was a barren land and represented a post-apocalyptic world. 

Citizens were asked to carry gas masks with them at all times. 

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The drills to be followed in case of high levels of poisonous gases were taught to all citizens. 

Mount Ōyama continued to emit 10,000 to 20,000 tons of poisonous gases for the next 2 years. 

Mount Ōyama continued to emit 10,000 to 20,000 tons of poisonous gases for the next 2 years. 

In 2005, the citizens were allowed to come back to the town but by then, 20% of the town was uninhabitable. 

Only 2,800 people chose to come back to this town and start a new life. 

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Now, the government conducts health checks, blood gas levels, and security measures regularly. 

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