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The abandoned nuclear-powered Aniva lighthouse was originally built by Japan on a small rock off the coast of Sakhalin. The island was later annexed by Russia for use as a penal colony. Lights House, Amazing Photography, Russia, Rocks Lighthouses, Islands, Aniva Rocks, Digital Cameras, Abandoned Places, The Sea
Aniva Lighthouse - Russian Lighthouse ( After WWII, the Soviets regained control of Sakhalin from the Japanese and installed a radioisotope generator supplying electricity to the lamp, which made it a beacon of nuclear propulsion. After the fall of communism, the generator was removed. The lighthouse was abandoned and subsequently was looted several times.)
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union built a chain of lighthouses to guide ships finding their way in the dark polar night across uninhabited shores of the Soviet Russian Empire. They had to be fully autonomous, because they were situated hundreds and hundreds miles aways from any populated areas. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the unattended automatic lighthouses did their job for some time, but were eventually ransacked by looters.
Aniva Lighthouse, Sakhalin, Russia. Built under extremely difficult conditions on jagged rock just off the southeastern cape of Sakhalin island, the Mys Aniva lighthouse has stood for 3/4 of a century. Japan built the lighthouse in the late 1930s when Sakhalin was split between Japan & the USSR. At the end of WW II, the Soviets seized the whole of Sakhalin, & installed an RTG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) to supply electricity to the lamp – yes, this was a nuclear-powered lighthouse!