Most Dangerous Places on Earth

By: Zac Milliken, Michael Monson, Kyle Hedglin, Kate Brown

Most Dangerous Places

There are many different locations in the world. Some of them can be very peaceful or they can be a nightmare to live in. Also they may look like paradise, but people might not know what is happening under their feet. Like earthquakes some places have thousands of earthquakes every year and can kill, injure and destroy homes and building. Also volcanic activity can be common on some of the locations. This article talks about the 4 most dangerous places to live in the world.

New Guinea

Why do people want to live here?

New Guinea is a beautiful island in the Pacific Ocean. It is north of Australia connected to a chain of islands called the Mariana islands or 5.9054° S, 147.4080° E. The capital is Port Moresby. Green trees dot the land while clear sky blue water snake though the island. White sandy beaches with everlasting crushing waves splash against the sand in a never ending rhythm. 7,013,829 people lived there in 2011. People love the scenery, the people, food, and the fun that wait. The official languages are English, Tok Pisin, and Hiri Motu. The currency is Papua New Guinean kina.


Tectonic plate movement

The plates that shift around New Guinea cause the volcanoes and earthquakes. The movement of the plates causes earthquakes to happen due to the breaking of the rock. The South Bismarck Plate pushes towards the Australian Plate causing one plate to move under the other making a way for lava to escape. The Solomon Sea Plate pulls away and towards the Australian Plate at once. Two plates pulling away simply makes a gap for the lava to get out.


Why so dangerous

New Guinea seems to be a nice place to live but, watch out where you live on the island. Volcanoes and earthquakes are common on the island. The plates make sure of that. Most of the volcanoes on the island are composite. These types of volcanoes do not go down easy. Usually they take half the mountain created with it to the ground causing lots of death. It’s not the lava and the eruption that does the most killing. The ash clouds and gases from inside the volcano burst out and choke civilians to death. The after effects of the volcano can cause the death line to clime too. People can die from earthquakes, fires, landslides, and tsunamis. Financials can go up too because of the after affects such as railroads bent, pipe lines destroyed, looting, and buildings collapsing due to the earthquakes.



Mexico's Dangers

~Mexico~

Mexico is a hot and barren landscape where nothing seems to move. In the many small town and villages they have quaint little family’s but little else for miles. With a population of 112,336,538 it is a pretty but barren land. People from everywhere travel here though. The land has a beautiful coastline and hundreds of beaches to enjoy.

Tectonic Activity
Mexico though barren above is quite active below. It sits on top of three plates lines;The cocos, American, and pacific and has limitless earthquakes and volcanoes. These plates constantly battle as they come head to head causing the cocos plate to be subducted under the north American plate causing a reverse fault. All this pressure creates almost any kind of earth quake and volcano. Many of them rate 3.5 or lower though some reach 6 or sevens. The volcanoes are small but many and due to the barren nature of the land many may stumble upon them. currently there are an estimated 3000 or more volcanoes in Mexico.

Mexico's History and Future
Mexico has only a few records of larger earthquakes but ones like Acapulco which killed more than 4,000 people in Mexico City with a reading of 8.1. So even though they are rarely that large and in that populated a city the people keep their senses ready for any sudden movements below them.
By: Zac Milliken

Honshu Japan

Why People Want to Live There

Honshu is Japans biggest island in Japan that is bigger than Britain. About three-fourths of Japans main land is located on Honshu with major cities, towns, and the capital. Around 98,352,000 people live on Honshu. A lot of people want to live in Honshu because of high income, but you get paid in Japaneses yens. They also have very safe cities to live and some people want to go there to see the culture and holidays. The main reason people want to live there is because of the technologically advanced and have all the new technology. They also have good hospitality and some people like to see all the lights they have at night. It is strait east of Asia. The exact location of Honshu, Japan latitude 36.000 N longitude 138.000 E.

Tectonic Plate Activity

Honshu sits on four tectonic plates that are always moving. Honshu also lies directly on the boundary line called the Ring Of Fire were the most deadly earthquakes and volcanoes happen. Honshu sits on the Eurasian Plate. The Pacific plate to the east is moving toward Honshu and is being forced under Honshu at what is know as the Japan Trench, in which causes them to have earthquakes and volcanic activity. Other plates around Honshu is the Okhotsk Plate, Amur Plate, and the Philippine’s Plate. With all these plates being forced under each other it is causing many earthquakes and volcanic activity for Japan. Japan is on a convergent bounder because the plates are pushing agents each other till one finally goes under the one. Being on a convergent boundary it will cause earthquakes when the one finally goes under the one because of the pressure being released. Also it will make earthquakes because when the one goes under it will cause land for such as volcanoes to form.

Why Honshu is Dangerous

Japan is one of the most dangerous places to live because it sits right on the Ring Of Fire and that is where a lot of earthquakes and volcanoes happen. It also has four different plates right by it that are all pushing agents each other till one go’s under the other and cause earthquakes and volcanoes. Also Honshu can experience around a minimum of 2000 earthquakes per year that they can feel, but if you count the ones they can’t feel it would be more like 7500 earthquakes. They also have around 20 different volcanoes on Honshu and 10 of them are still active. Two years ago Honshu experienced a 9.03 magnitude earthquake that killed 15888 people and injured 6878. After the earthquake a large tsunami hit Honshu with waves that were 40.5 meter high. The earthquake was devastating and took months to clean up, but the earthquake and tsunami hit some chemical plats which caused them to seep out hazardous material. They don’t know if another big earthquake will hit Honshu and kill and destroy as many things as the last one.

Chile

Why do People Want to Live There?
Why wouldn’t people want to live in Chile? Not only does Chile have amazing views, but also has caves, glaciers, desserts, breathtaking beaches, and just about everything else you can think of. It’s not all about the nature in Chile, there is never a need for car because there is a bus that drives everywhere in the country. Chile being a very cultural country, you would think they are not very accepting of others. That is not true; Chile is a very welcoming country. They love teaching others their way and learning about yours. Chile is a very historic place as well. There are many of sites to see throughout the country. Some of the most breathtaking things in Chile are the beautifully sculpted buildings in the older parts of the country. Jobs are abundant in the larger cities and the smaller. Many people who move to Chile want to stay. It is a very friendly and beautiful country for any person who is ready for an adventure or just to live with your family.

Tectonic Activity
The four major plates present or near Chile are the Antarctic Plate, the Scotia Plate, the Nazca plate, and the South American Plate. Chile sits on all four of those plates. Each of them makes different things, weather it being a volcanoes or an earthquake; both are dangerous. The Nazca Plate Boundaries are Convergent. The Nazca Plate has subduction zones under the South American Plate, forming the puru-chile trench. The scotia plate is divergent plate; it is underwater making underwater volcanoes and other natural things inside the water. The South American Plate is transform, meaning it makes the lands earthquakes and mid ocean ridges. All of the types of boundaries make earthquakes because each of them also makes seismic waves.

Why Chile is dangerous

Chile is considered one of the most dangerous places to live. One reason is that Chile has very frequent earthquake activity, and these aren’t usually small earthquakes. Chile is known for breaking many records on the Richter scale with their extremely dangerous earthquakes. Over 15,000 deaths have occurred between the time of 1960 and now. A lot of damage has been caused and is sometimes not fixable. As far as volcanoes go they are also on the high side. Argentina has many volcanoes in their city, or just near it. There are 33 volcanoes in Argentina, 6 of which have erupted in the last 200 years. The only one we know for sure is alive right now is, Capahue, this volcanoes has recently erupted sometime in 2013. Over 450 deaths have been recoded in-between the time of 1998 and now that have been caused by Volcanoes. There are both very high numbers of Volcanoes and earthquakes in Chile and they are both dangerous

Even the most Butiful Places can be Dangerous

Although all these places look like a paradise its what lies below that's dangerous. Now don't let that keep you from visiting because these events are rare and not always large. But it is useful to know your plates before moving some where. So now you know more about four of what we think are the most deadly places on earth.

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