(ORDO NEWS) — If you think that all places on the planet that threaten human life and health look so that you immediately understand the degree of danger, then this is a delusion.
Formally, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, almost any place on Earth has become deadly, since the threat to life in the form of a new infection still lies in wait for us everywhere.
But still, even before COVID-19, there were and remain places on our planet that are not obvious in terms of the degree of threat, a trip to which can become a one-way ticket.
“The place with the worst weather in the world” – this is how the observatory, located in the state of New Hampshire on Mount Washington, calls itself. At 1,917m, the summit is the highest in the Northeast region of the United States and one of the most dangerous places in the world.
The thing is that winds of different directions intersect on the mountain, which causes frequent weather changes. Until 1996, Mount Washington held the world record for wind speed measured at the earth’s surface – 372 km / h.
Indeed, extreme conditions reign at the top, which have repeatedly led to the death of travelers who overestimated their strength.
Danakil Desert (pictured in header)
There are many deserts in the world and all of them, to put it mildly, are not very suitable for humans, but the Danakil Desert located in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti is especially inhospitable to tourists.
In this place, the temperature rarely drops below +50 degrees Celsius, which, combined with volcanic activity in the desert area, leads to a high concentration of sulfur vapor in the air.
Excursions to Danakil are carried out, but only for a short time and exclusively as part of organized groups – an independent attempt to visit the desert can end in failure. In addition to active volcanoes with poisonous gases, there is a risk of stumbling upon aggressive local tribes.
Queimada Grande (Snake Island)
The uninhabited island off the coast of Brazil is not impressive in its size (an area of \u200b\u200bless than half a square kilometer), but anyone who sets foot on land risks dying at the same moment.
And this is not an exaggeration, since Keimada Grande is home to the island botrops – one of the most poisonous snakes in the world, which is found only on this island. Actually, that’s why he is also called Snake.
To protect people from dangerous reptiles, as well as to preserve the flora and fauna of the island, the Brazilian authorities categorically forbid access to Queimada Grande – tourists can count on a maximum boat trip to its shores.
One of the African resorts is actually a time bomb, because under this body of water on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo lurks 55 billion cubic meters of methane at the bottom and layers of carbon dioxide.
Minimal seismic activity or a volcanic eruption could kill an estimated 2 million people living in the vicinity, either from a methane explosion or asphyxiation. In 1984, by the way, Lake Kivu boiled due to the eruption of the Kituro volcano nearby.
Madidi National Park
The national park in the Amazon in Bolivia is considered one of the largest and most diverse in terms of flora and fauna, as well as climatic zones, regions on Earth.
Despite the fact that you can go to Madidi as a tourist, we are talking only about small equipped areas, because the territory of about 19,000 square kilometers is full of dangerous animals and plants that can destroy an imprudent visitor. A beautiful but very dangerous place is about the Madidi National Park.
The city in Kyrgyzstan is hardly known to a wide audience, but ecologists are well aware of it. Mailuu-Suu is one of the dirtiest cities in the world, which is associated with the extraction and processing of radium and uranium at a local plant during the Soviet years.
In addition, one of the world’s largest storage facilities for radioactive waste is located near the city. Living in Mailuu-Suu and just visiting the city can hardly be called a good idea even for fans of extreme tourism.
Microorganisms periodically color this salt-covered lake in colors from pink to red, and in addition, this body of water is a habitat for flamingos and the main breeding ground for the world’s lesser flamingo population.
Despite such a harmless description, Lake Natron is very dangerous to humans. Firstly, the water in it can, due to natural processes, heat up to 60 degrees Celsius. Secondly, a large amount of natron and tron leads to the fact that the acidity and alkalinity of the water in the lake can reach pH 12, and this is already the level of bleach.
A body of water in northwestern Cameroon is literally one of the deadliest places on earth. On August 21, 1986, there was an emission, according to various sources, from hundreds to one and a half million tons of carbon dioxide.
The cloud destroyed all life within a radius of 25 km from Lake Nyos – 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock died. According to scientists, the release was about 1.2 cubic meters of gas, and the reservoir is still dangerous and no one can predict whether such a disaster will happen again in the future.
Water cannot be completely safe, especially when it comes to currents. From this point of view, one of the most dangerous places on Earth is the Saltstraumen Strait, southeast of the city of Bodø in Norway.
Every day, every 6 hours, up to 400 million cubic meters of water pass through the strait 3 km long and 150 m wide – water flows create whirlpools up to 15 m in diameter and up to 5 m deep with a flow speed of up to 6 knots.
One of the strongest tidal currents in the world poses a threat even to ships, not to mention swimmers.
North Sentinel Island
One of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, which, although formally under the control of India, is in fact a sovereign territory under the absolute control of the Sentinelese people.
These natives are categorically against any contacts with representatives of any nationality other than their own, therefore no one interferes in their life and habitat.
Tourists, which is logical, do not happen on the island either, because the Sentinelese are aggressive towards strangers and kill everyone who tries to land on North Sentinel Island.
The sandy island off the coast of Queensland in Australia is a popular tourist destination and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a natural monument.
At the same time, Fraser Island is not as safe as it might seem. Sharks and crocodiles await swimmers, and poisonous snakes and dingoes pose a threat on land.
Despite the fact that cases of conflicts between these animals and people are rare, relaxed tourists like to feed dingoes and often such meetings end in the death of people.
Along with Pripyat, which became a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster and arguably one of the most famous ghost towns on Earth, Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was also the victim of the Fukushima-1 radioactive accident.
The villages of Futaba, Okuma, Namie and Tomioka, which are part of the current exclusion zone, along with the villages of Katsurao and Iitate, serve as a mute reminder to all mankind of how quickly everything can change under the influence of the forces of nature.
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Part of the Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar, which features needle-shaped limestone formations above the rocks above the Manambolo River – they are located in the north of the national park and are a strict nature reserve.
The stone forest of limestone plateau rocks looks beautiful, but the stones are so sharp that they can easily cut through not only human flesh, but most materials. Therefore, any attempt to take a walk will lead to irreparable consequences.
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