Nagasaki studying embankment protection method for Gunkanjima

posted on December 8, 2015

The southwestern Japan city of Nagasaki has begun a study on how to reinforce the embankments on Hashima Island, after the port and primary coal mining facilities on the uninhabited island were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site earlier this year.

While the embankments could collapse if they are hit by high waves from typhoons, the city also faces the need to reinforce them without spoiling the landscape.

Buildings on the island, part of Nagasaki, have suffered severe damage from rain and wind since they were abandoned following the closure of the mining facilities in 1974.

The island, about 18 kilometers off Nagasaki port, is commonly known as Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, because a cluster of apartment buildings there made of reinforced concrete collectively shape like a warship.

source by jiji
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