Top 3 Dangerous Places to Live

Brenda Hopkins. Troy Nowatzke. Cameron Jacobsen


Where do you think the most dangerous place to live at is? Well in this article, we are going to tell you the top three we chose. In this article, we are going to go over some of the worst places to live in the world. Talking about why people would want to live there, and moving into tectonic movement and closing with why it is a bad idea to live or move there. First we will start with number three, China, then move on to number two, the Haiti region, and on to number one, Indonesia. Earthquakes or volcanic activity is very common in these three areas.

#3 China

In this paragraph I will explain why people might want to live in China. As China become more and more important in the world in the 21st century, a growing number of people choose to live in China. Living in China is cheap and the exchange rate is 1 dollar for 6.2 Yuan. Chinese culture is some of the oldest in the world and a 180 from any Western culture. China has some fascinating cities. Hong Kong is like no other city in the world with a unique blend of East and Western cultures, a thriving financial center; Beijing is the political powerhouse home to the Communist Government. There is a couple of reasons who might think of living there, also if you like playing ping pong or badminton this is the place for you.

China is principally a part of the Eurasian plate, but the margins of the Indian and Philippine Sea plates are involved in the Himalayas and in the Coastal Range. Most of the earthquakes are confined to narrow belts and these belts define the boundaries of the plates. The interiors of the plates themselves are largely free of large earthquakes, that is, they are aseismic. These earthquakes are created by two plate rubbing together.

This country is dangerous because of all of its earthquakes. In 2008, a severe earthquake struck Sichuan Province, north of Yunnan, killing nearly 90,000 people. Bad construction was blamed for many of the deaths. One of the most violent earthquakes related to plate tectonics struck northeast China in 1976. The disastrous Tangshan quake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, killed more than 240,000 people. Earthquakes don’t happen very often but when they do, it is big. Therefore this country’s earthquakes pose as a big threat to its people and it economy.

#2 Haiti Region

It wasn’t but only three years ago that Haiti had suffered a 7.0 earthquake. That one earthquake made it a very dangerous place, and one of the top places on the world that is so dangerous. That 7.0 earthquake killed an average of 7500 people and that want even the maximum number. People died from falling building, gas lines exploding, car crashes, and starvation from when the earthquake wiped a lot of food out of the picture so no one could eat. all the food was wiped out, there was very little food and what was left was only eaten by the people who really needs it.

After about 22 hours after the earthquake was done, people from the International Medical Corps were on the Haiti grounds try their best to same as many lives as they could. That one earthquake led 200,000 people in Haiti without a home and striving to survive. if the Medical Corps people havent showed up there wouldnt be as many people still alive from haiti.

#1 Worst place to live: Indonesia

Indonesia is a warm, hot, and comfortable all year round. That’s probably why everyone loves living there. They also love the warm sandy beaches, and looking at the beautiful eye catching waterfalls and the spectacular beach fronts. Indonesia is known to have some of the friendliest, most pleasant people you will ever meet. Jakarta, in Indonesia, is also known for having the best Hard Rock Café in the entire world. With all of this, no wonder why people love living there.

Now to the tectonics of Indonesia, which are very complex. It is at a meeting of several tectonic plates. Indonesia is between two continental plates which are the Eurasian Plate, and the Australian Plate. It is also between to oceanic plates being the Philippine Sea Plate and the Pacific Plate. The Indian oceanic plate sub-ducts beneath the Eurasian continental plate, which formed the volcanic are, located in the western Indonesia. This chain of volcanoes formed many islands near Indonesia today. The plates move with a convergent at a rate of 5.5 cm a year.

There is a high risk of tsunamis in Indonesia because it is an island surrounded by water.

The VEI of the Indonesian volcanoes ranges mostly from 3-7.5 on the Richter scale. Mount Tambora was given the highest magnitude of 7.5 when recorded, killing over 100,000 people. In Indonesia, there are about 130 active volcanoes to this day and they experience more than 30 earthquakes per year. Indonesia also has had many earthquakes, largest one being on a high of 8.5 on the scale. One tsunami hit the coast of Indonesia, and it was overloaded with waves, some as high as 49 feet. Over 36,000 thousand people were killed, over one percent of them were children. Some effects of these events are buildings collapsing, roads crack, power lines fall, fires, mudflows, even the economy is affected. This country has lots of volcanic, and earthquake activity and the after effects can be even more damaging. Indonesia is not a very safe place to live.

Sum it up!

Now that we have went through the top three most dangerous places to live that we have picked, let’s summarize China being the third most dangerous place to live, Haiti in a close second, and then Indonesia. Because of the volcanic and earthquake activity, and the tectonic movement, we have chosen these three places.


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