Dangerous Locations

By: Reagan, Richard,Bri

Introduction

Where are the most dangerous places to live? Almost every place is dangerous in some way, but in terms of tectonic activity, there are 3 specific locations that are considered the most dangerous places to live. These locations are very close to tectonic plate boundaries, making earthquakes and volcanoes in these areas fairly common. These locations are the Tōhoku region in Japan, the Sichuan province in China, and Sicily, Italy.

Sicily, Italy

Etna- Sicily, Italy

Where it is located-

In the country of Italy, on the Mediterranean Sea is what is known to be the largest island of Italy, called Sicily. It stretches from the Apennine Peninsula, almost all the way to the northern coast of Africa. In this town, the most known landmark is Mount Etna. This is known to be the largest volcano in Europe and the most active volcano in the world. Mount Etna is highly dangerous and erupts very frequently. But, people still choose to live in this area not because of the dangers, but because of where it is located, and the perspective of the city.

Sicily, Italy is in fact in and on a tectonic plate. It is connected with the African plate and the Eurasian plate. It sits on the African plate and sort of sits really close to the edge of the Eurasian plate. The African plate dives under the Eurasian plate creating and forming volcanoes.This makes this town very active. Almost always making this place do something that may harm or damage some areas.

Sicily is a very dangerous place to live, due to that Sicily sits on a tectonic place, and that Mount Etna sits in this very town. Mount Etna is almost always active during the year. Reported, somewhere around 50 eruptions happen each year. As of now there are only 2 active volcanoes in Sicily
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicily

http://geology.com/volcanoes/etna/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Northern_Italy_earthquakes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/12/2012-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/100423/#

Tōhoku, Japan

Japan is a great place. It has beautiful scenery, which is why tourism is such a large industry there. The landscape is amazing, but it sometimes isn’t safe. Japan, specifically the Tōhoku region, can be a very dangerous place to live in terms of tectonic activity. The Tōhoku region of Japan is a beautiful mountainous area. Although the climate is harsh, Tōhoku has some of the best scenery in Japan. In the winter, there are a lot of locations to go skiing, and there are hot springs as well. There are many samurai residences and castles in Tōhoku. These places make it easy to learn some history.

Japan is surrounded by 3 tectonic plates: The Eurasian plate, the Pacific plate, and the Philippine plate. These plates create volcanoes and earthquakes around Japan. The Pacific plate is being pushed under the Eurasian plate, the Pacific plate is being pushed the under the Philippine plate, and the Philippine plate is being pushed under the Eurasian plate. All of these subduction zones create 5 arcs where the volcanoes are formed. These volcanoes make up the Northwest area of the “Ring of Fire.”
Tōhoku, Japan is one of the most dangerous places to live. One of the reasons for this is because of the frequency of earthquakes. In Japan, there are several hundred earthquakes every year. Tōhoku’s proximity to those 3 tectonic plates makes it very dangerous as well. The plates can create volcanoes and earthquakes. In 2011, there was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Tōhoku, followed by a tsunami. It killed 15,880 people. All of this makes Tōhoku one of the most dangerous places to live.
http://wikitravel.org/en/Tohoku
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tōhoku_region
http://web.archive.org/web/20070204064754/http://volcano.und.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/north_asia/japan_tec.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami

Sichuan, China

Sichuan enjoys Beautiful geography such as rivers, lakes, water falls, hot springs and limestone caves. It also has regular geography like as plains, mountains, plateaus, and hills. The climate includes plenty of rainfall. The average rain fall is between 900 millimeters and 1,200 millimeters.

The Longmenshan fault is a thrust fault line on which the fault positions are pushed up and over higher strata. The earthquake occurred on the Longmenshan is 250 kilometers to 300 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. The largest shift occurred in a mountainous area in Wenchuan County, about 50 kilometers northeast of the epicenter. The shaking continued for some time because the fault shifted for about two minutes. Examinations bedrock appears to indicate the destruction began at the epicenter and advanced in a northeasterly direction. During the quake the earth may have moved as much as 13 meters, an incredibly large movement for an earthquake .I t is near the edge of the Australian-Indian plate. Or the Longmenshan fault line.

The earth quakes happen slightly frequent, about every few years. 8.0 M and 7.9 M earthquakes struck Sichuan in 2008. 69,197 people were reported killed and twice of that were reported injured or missing.
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/sichuan/
http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=407

Conclusion

Although these places that are very beautiful are dangerous, they could still be a breath taker to travel to. They may have earthquakes and volcanoes occur every year, but that doesn’t have to stop people from going to some of the greatest places in the world. So don’t let these facts change the opinion of traveling.

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