Some parts of the world are simply too dangerous to live in, but if it is where you call home, then you just have to pray that nothing disastrous happens.
Some parts of the world are simply too dangerous to live in, but if it is where you call home, then you just have to pray that nothing disastrous happens. Below are four of the world’s most deadly places;
Lake Nyos, Cameroon
In 1986, Lake Nyos exploded and released a fog of carbon dioxide that killed all villagers near the lake in their sleep and thousands of wild life within a radius of 10 miles from the lake also died. It is one of the only three lakes in the world that have a build up of carbon-dioxide which upon explosion, unleashes carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere, endangering animals and people. 1,700 people were asphyxiated as a result of the lake Nyos disaster.
It explodes because it is located in an area where pockets of magma leaks Carbon-dioxide into the water and changes it to carbonic acid and then gets trapped, only to explode when the pressure builds up. In the case of the 1986 explosion of the carbon gas, villagers near this lake not only died, but even all their cows, goats, chicken or anything that intakes oxygen died. Efforts have been made to siphon out the carbon-dioxide that builds up, but this lake still remains a very dangerous lake indeed.
America is the land of the free! But there is one place in the United States where death seem to lurk repeatedly. According to available ranking by SustainLane done 4 years ago, Miami is one of the most disaster prone cities to live in because experts have identified it as a frequent hurricane zone. The US geological survey estimates that in a period of 100 years, Miami, Florida should expect 60 deadly hurricanes of the Katrina and tropical storm Isaac magnitude. The other examples of the Hurricane that targeted this area which is still talked about to this day is Hurricane Andrew of 1992 which was so powerful that it even broke the measurement instruments, killing 23 people but caused damage worth $26.5 Billion. The great Miami Hurricane of 1926 turned every building in town to rubbles and killed 373 people. 9 years later in 1935, 408 people of Miami were killed by the Labor Day Hurricane while in 1960, another hurricane Donna ravaged through South Florida killing lives and damaging lots of property.
Guatemala is one country that is located in a zone prone to earthquakes, hurricanes and mudslides all at once. The entire western coast of the American continents rests on a ring of fire, that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Although Guatemala is not the only country at risk, records show that it has over the years been bearing the brunts of natural disasters. In 1976, 23,000 people died when an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 hit the country. All rescue efforts were hampered by subsequent landslides that destroyed roads and thwarted all disaster relief responses. In 2005, heavy rains and hurricanes soaked Guatemala causing as many as 900 mudslides, many of the villages and about 2000 inhabitants were buried, with some areas declared a cemetery because rescue teams were just too exhausted to continue looking for bodies.
Java and Sumatra, Indonesia
Java and Sumatra in Indonesia are places prone to droughts, floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and tsunamis all at once, making them some of the most risky parts of this planet earth according to the Centre for Hazards and Risk Research at Columbia University. In 2004 the Indian Ocean Tsunami killed as many as 227,898 people here after an earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated Indonesia and many adjacent countries. The period between 1907-2004, Java and Sumatra suffered all manner of natural disasters ranging from Krakatoa volcanic eruptions, killing 17,945 people, earthquakes killing 21,856, drought killing 9,329, floods and mudslides have continued to kill people in this region.