Most Dangerous Places to Live

Joshua Cheek, Alec Plagman, Hunter Miller, Joshua Carter

Even with all the warnings, some people choose to ignore or just do not know about the dangers under their feet or around them. The people that live in these cities should be prepared at all times. Even with the danger, these cities have millions of citizens and attract tourists from all around.

Istanbul, Turkey

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Location

Between Europe and the Middle East, there is a country that is in both Europe and Asia. That country is Turkey. The capital, Istanbul, is right on the border of these two continents. The city has a population of about 13.5 million, with many of them living in crowded places with poorly made buildings. Although the cost of living is not low, there are plenty of job opportunities in many different languages that attract people from all over the world. All of the different cultures meet in Istanbul, with many different religions, languages, food, and people coming together to make one of the most unique cities in the world.

Tectonic Activity

The reason Istanbul, and Turkey in general, has so many earthquakes is because of their location on the tectonic plates. Istanbul is situated near the North Anatolian Fault, a strike-slip fault. It goes along the transform boundary of the Eurasian Plate and the African Plate. This fault zone has caused many deadly earthquakes. When the rocks shift, it releases the energy trapped inside.

Evidence

Since 1939, there have been 12 6.5 or higher magnitude earthquakes along the Northern Anatolian Fault, causing more than 50,000 deaths. Based on Turkey’s history, most people would assume that Istanbul’s buildings were made to withstand an earthquake, but that is not the case. With land being expensive in Istanbul, the buildings were made quickly, they were packed together, and they were not made as safe as they should have been. An earthquake in 1509 resulted in more than 10,000 deaths. Many Istanbul citizens are worried about the future of their city after seismologists say there is a 60% chance that a 7.6-magnitude or greater earthquake will strike by 2030.

Naples, Italy

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Location

A city that is known for tourists to come around and see the magnificent sights that you might see only once in a lifetime. With a population of 4 million this city is also known for pickpockets that will steal your wallets and valuable items without you even noticing. Lots of people live here because of the nice climate, beaches, views, jobs they live here because of those reasons the most. Going to visit there is considered dangerous because of all of the homeless people and how they could just come up and steal your bags. Naples is a great city to come to and see the great sights but make sure nobody comes by and steals one of your valuable items.

Tectonic Activity

On the African and Eurasian plate, earthquakes happen every so often. Volcanic activity is more common with a very big volcano called Mount Vesuvius. It is also known as a super volcano, scientists say if it blows all of Europe will be destroyed. The most recent eruption was in 1944 when world war 2 was going on. This caused problems and the ash destroyed planes when allies tried to come in. Earthquakes are somewhat common, if an earthquake does happen it will most likely be a small one.

Evidence

Evidence of the volcanoes is very interesting. Castings of the people who were trapped under the ash in the 79 A.D Pompeii earthquake were made recently. In the Pompeii volcano there have been drawings calling it “the last day”. The fatalities in the volcano were unknown and was most likely an enormous amount of deaths. Now going back to Naples and discovering new things, a woman with coins in her purse facing down in the ash. Fruit that was being sold in a market. A big volcano is supposed to be erupting years from now which will devastate the area.

San Francisco, California, USA

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Location

San Francisco is one of the most popular city's in the state of California. San Francisco's land area is about 46.9 square miles and the population is greater than 200,000, San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. Being the 14th most populous city in the United States with a population of 805,235 is still a very grate place to live and visit. San Francisco is most popular for its famous Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is a great place to live if you want to fight all of the hills. They have great school districts and academics for the children. Over all San Francisco is a safe place to live it has its crimes but its still a great place.

Tectonic Activity

The San Francisco tectonic plates run a length of 810 miles through California. The fault motion is in horizontal motion. It forms the tectonic boundary between the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate.

Evidence

San Francisco hasn't had a serious earthquake since the one in 1906. They get little shakes and some that 3.5 and under but nothing that leaves terrible damage. After three quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire San Francisco was quickly rebuilt hosting the Panama Pacific Exposition nine years later. 498 people lost their lives in this seven day terr. Over half of the city of 400,000 was left homeless, no water, no food, and no clean clothes to change into. Many people were willing to help clean up and rebuild, It didn't take as long as they thought it would but it was still very time consuming.

Tokyo, Japan

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Location

This town, is highly populated with 13,216,221Residents. All of the buildings are close together, and also they are so high up. the Metropolis is located on the edge of three plates. They do have some volcanic activity close to them, and also they have had really bad earthquakes before, one killing 142,000 people that day. The housing has become mainly made with earthquakes in mind.

Tectonic Activity

It has been about ninety years since a huge earthquake happened. Which may mean that its leading up to a huge burst of energy. Causing maybe a 9.0 magnitude, this would be insane, since it would cause loads of damage towards the city, and may even cause a tsunami, since it is quite close to an ocean.

Evidence

In that statement. I conclude that Tokyo, is one of most dangerous places to live in thoughts of earthquakes and seismic shocks. Besides, the community there is very safe with a crime rate 1.4 Murders per 100,000 People. It is quite safe there and there was even reports of losing a wallet and getting it back in an hour or too, with every-single yen that was left in it. So In deduction, Tokyo is a quite safe place, if there wasn’t any earthquakes, but with the earthquakes. It makes it one of the worst places to live.


Even with all the warnings, some people choose to ignore or just do not know about the dangers under their feet or around them. The people that live in these cities should be prepared at all times. Even with the danger, these cities have millions of citizens and attract tourists from all around.

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