South Korea


  • The DMZ is 151 miles long and 2.5 miles wide and has been a world essentially without people since 6 SEP, 1953. The division of the Korean peninsula had begun when the Soviet Union declared war on Japan late in WWII, on the same day that the US dropped a nuclear warhead on Hiroshima. Within a week, that war was over. An agreement by the Americans and the Soviets to split the administration of Korea, which Japan had occupied since 1910, became the hottest point of contact for what became known as the Cold War.-The World Without Us by Alan Weisman.