Dangerous Places Around the World
By: Michaela Bissen, Frank Knowles, and Lucas Buckley
Mount Merapi is located on a convergent boundary at the subduction zone where the Indo-Australian Plate is sliding beneath the Eurasian Plate. The Indo-Australian plate is going beneath the Eurasian Plate and melts underneath it causing the hot magma to rise and erupt. It also causes earthquakes in the area. Mount Merapi is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Being in this location makes it one of most active volcanoes on the island of Java. Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes out of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Eruptions in the area of Mount Merapi began about 400,000 years ago. Small eruptions occur about every two to three years and larger, more explosive eruptions occur every 10-15 years.
In the past 500 years about 68 large eruptions on Mount Merapi have been recorded. Mount Merapi is near the city of Yogyakarta and thousands of people live on the slope of the volcano and large eruptions can have catastrophic effects. Earthquakes also pose a danger to the people of Yogyakarta. In May 2006, a 6.2 Richter scale earthquake struck a town not far south of Yogyakarta. The earthquake caused nearly 6,000 deaths. The earthquake damaged several town and many more villages around the area. In spite of the dangers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to the tectonic activity, Yogyakarta is a very historic and beautiful city.
A little island off the coast of Asia is called Japan. It is a good place to live because you have a lot of coast to go fishing, swimming and boating on. Having a population of 8.6 million people you will never be lonely. Even though you live in the city, you will always have neighbors wherever you are! Another good thing about this major city is the shopping. Wherever you look there will be small shops, malls, and farmer markets.
Tokyo, Japan sits on multiple faults. In fact it is riddled with them. It is also located at the junction of four tectonic plates. More facts on Tokyo, Japan from the site http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=866. They also have multiple volcanoes. As stated before it is located on four junction plates. People that live in Japan say that is extremely unusual for a year to go by without three or four earthquakes measuring 6.0 or more.
Tokyo is one of the most dangerous places to live for multiple reasons. It sits on many fault lines. It is also located at the middle of four junction plates. Some bad things that could happen in Tokyo, Japan is earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Tokyo will have an earthquake every few days! The most lives lost during an earthquake was 9,000. Most of the people that had died were from falling buildings. Even though these things happen, people still live here. They live here because of the beaches, the sunsets, and the shopping. The food is one of the most important reason that people live here in beautiful, luscious Tokyo, Japan.
The tectonic plate activity in this place is caused by a subduction zone where the African plate is moving under the Eurasian plate not only causing volcanic activity but earthquakes as well.
Although it is dangerous it is great for farming, the lava that has broken down has left minerals in the soil which creates very suitable farming conditions. Another reason is that the ash from the volcano that once shot out of the volcano which is harmful at first but after a period of time the ash leaves behind many nutrients, which when mixed with water makes great soil to plant and sell crop’s in. However many may not even care about the risk of the volcano, some live there because that's where they were born and that’s where their family has always been so they refuse to leave. Some stay because of the view and attractions the city and the coastline offer and simply could care less that there is a volcano that is still currently active and has been for hundreds of years.
Even though it is beautiful scenery, and lot’s to do does not lower risk of an eruption. The most famous eruption of this volcano happened in 79 A.D. when the volcano suddenly erupted spitting hot ash as high as 20 miles into the air a spewing molten lava it buried the 2 cities of Pompeii, and Herculaneum and killed around 16,000 people. However it’s most recent eruption happened in March 1944, it destroyed 3 and a half villages. At first people could see smoke coming out of the volcano, and lava collecting around the rim of the volcano before the main explosion on March 18, 1944.
Even though it has not erupted in 69 years does not mean that it does not have the potential to blow it’s top again, it however would be good if it oozed lava every once in awhile because if the volcano does not release some pressure even if it is in little portions, because the longer the pressure builds up the bigger the blast will be.
This is a temple in Yogyakarta that makes it one of the pulling factors for tourists and for residents to live there.
Temple of Osaka
This is a temple in Japan, that is a very popular attraction for tourists.
Temple of Naples
This is a famous temple found in Naples, Italy
All these location’s are all equally dangerous. Tokyo, Japan for the three faults that it sits on; Yogyakarta, Indonesia for it’s multiple volcanoes; Naples, Italy for its scenery and famous volcano. Even though they are all dangerous, people still live there. Why they live there you ask? That is up to the people that are there. Tourists still like to go there for the sites. As a chance of being there when a volcano and or earthquake or volcano going off. They live there even though there is a slight probability that it can happen.
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