10 Most Dangerous and Deadly Places on Earth
From soaring temperatures, deadly cold, natural disasters, venomous snakes, and noxious gases, there are many places some dare to live but most never even dare to go. They are reputed for being the most dangerous places on Earth. Check them out – at your own risk!
1. Snake Island, Brazil
This island is located outside of the city of São Paulo and is referred to as “the deadliest place in the world”. The area contains more than 4,000 golden lancehead snakes, one of the most venomous species ever encountered.
Golden lancehead snakes are responsible for more deaths than any other snake on the continent. Luckily, this particular island is not inhabited — and we don’t really recommend visiting.
2. Lake Natron, Tanzania
Lake Natron is known for killing any living organism that touches it. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, as some wildlife does congregate here: This lake is the breeding ground for an estimated 2.5 million flamingos! High soda and salt content causes calcification of animals over long periods, a reported sort of mummification.
The extremely high alkalinity and searing heat make the waters harmful and inhospitable to human life and most other species on Earth. We don’t recommend going for a swim.
3. Verkhoyansk, Russia
More than 1,000 brave souls reside in this freezing Siberian town, just 1500 miles from the North Pole.
The average temperature in Verkhoyansk is around -50 degrees Fahrenheit, with a record cold reading at -90 degrees Fahrenheit. These frigid temperatures make Verkhoyansk Russia one of the most dangerous towns to live on Earth.
4. Dallol, Ethiopia
Dallol, Ethiopia is the hottest place on Earth, with average temperatures around 94 degrees Fahrenheit. You might even see the thermometer reach 125 degrees on particularly hot days. Dallol is located within the vast Danakil Desert and contains a hydrothermal field alongside a volcano.
Poisonous pools, sulphur springs, and steam vents contribute to this incredibly dangerous environment. While it’s now considered a ghost town, this location was once a mining settlement.
5. Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Mount Washington has killed more than 150 people, owing to a combination of extreme conditions.
Its geographical location makes it the prime intersection of jet streams and weather systems, creating fierce winds, frigid temperatures, and heavy snow. A wind speed of 230 miles per hour was recorded here, the highest wind speed ever observed by man.
6. Valley of Death, Russia
A cocktail of toxic gases contributes to the instantaneous death of plants and animals and immediate sickness of man. The Valley of Death is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia.
These gases are primarily composed of hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and carbon disulphide and their noxious combination makes the Valley of Death one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
7. Java and Sumatra, Indonesia
The Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra are prone to almost every major natural disaster including tsunamis, volcanos, landslides, droughts, earthquakes, and floods, with historical records of each.
This is a result of Indonesia’s location on the Ring of Fire, an area with extreme tectonic activity. In the last decade alone natural disasters have killed hundreds of thousands of people here.
8. Death Valley, California
Like its name suggests, Death Valley boasts some of the most savage conditions on Earth. This ravaged, cracked landscape is the driest in the country and persists far below sea level.
The constantly changing terrain and soaring temperatures make Death Valley one of the most dangerous places on Earth. A record high of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded here.
9. Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll of the Marshall Islands is uninhabitable due to unsafe levels of nuclear radiation. Experiments by the United States during the mid 1900s involving hydrogen bombs transformed this once beautiful island into a nuclear contamination site.
Long evacuated residents will never be able to return to this radioactive wasteland, now among one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
10. Naples, Italy
This beautiful Italian city is home to Vesuvias, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanos. Naples boasts a population of more than 3 million people, with structures situated less than 8 miles from the crater.
This active volcano last erupted in the 1940s and each eruption has historically been bigger than the one preceding it. With another eruption soon to come, Naples is surely one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
Source by Roaring Earth