Dangerous Locations

Megan Andersen, Grace Schmitz, Bailey Heilesen, Nicole Lange

The world has a lot of dangerous places, they’re all over continents. Some countries have more dangerous places than others do, they have more destruction happen after dangers occur, and more people would die in specific events. Land and ocean, it doesn’t matter, they are both rather dangerous. It depends on where and when you are somewhere that a destructive world event will occur. Sometimes, those events might not even be noticeable, but other times, a lot of places around will feel it.

Kamchatka, Russia

Location

The reason why people want to live in Kamchatka, Russia is because of all of the activities and scenic views there are. Most of the people that live at Kamchatka were born and raised there. On the other hand, there are a handful of people that just live at that location because it’s beautiful. There is a notable wealth of arctic wildlife, fish, and marine life. People can climb towering volcanoes, hike, hunt bears, and go bear watching. Kamchatka has great food like the huge Kamchatka crab! People can explore the magnificent valley of geysers and spend hours gazing at the gorgeous hot springs. Also people can visit the southern Kamchatka nature park. It’s a great experience and a wonderful place to travel to.

Tectonic Activity

Kamchatka is a gorgeous place with scenic views and fun events, but it also has a lot of tectonic activity. The 3 main tectonic plates are the North American plate, Okhotsk plate, and the Pacific plate. Those 3 tectonic plates collided beneath Kamchatka, Russia, with the peninsula;s coastal range boasting when the plates collides is called subduction. Subduction is when one plate slides underneath another plate. When the magma erupted through the ocean floor it formed submarine mountain ranges. Eventually the mountain ranges grew tall enough to reach ocean surface. That formed an island chain. Kamchatka has tectonic activity very often.

Evidence

Kamchatka can be dangerous because of the amount of earthquakes and volcanoes. One of the most dangerous earthquakes in 1952 occurred in Kamchatka. Nobody was killed, but there was 3,000 + injuries. The earthquake caused a tsunami. The tsunami beached boats, destroyed piers, and scoured beaches. Some of the damage from other earthquakes were the colliding of the houses and the movement of the road pavement. The destruction cost an outraging amount of $800,000 to $1,000,000 dollars. Also Kamchatka is one of the most volcanically active places on earth! There is over 100 active volcanoes and 30 volcanoes that have erupted recently! They have very large, explosive eruptions.

Tokyo, Japan

Location

Tokyo, Japan has dangerous earthquakes that happen here and there, when they do hit they create lots of destruction and kill many people. That doesn't stop people from living in Tokyo. People are attracted to the many foods and hundreds of different kinds of noodle shops that are next to shops or little carts on the sidewalks, and wonderful electronic stores that are like theme parks because of the music, flashing screens, and games. Japanese do have a passion for baseball in Tokyo. The Jingu Stadium is home to the Yakult Stadium.

Tectonic Activity

Tokyo is on the Eurasian Plate and right beneath Tokyo is a fault line. Earthquakes have devastated Tokyo in the past years such as 1703, 1783, 1812, 1855 and the most recent that caused the most damage to Tokyo the 1923 quake. The other earthquakes caused a lot of damage and killed many people but the 1923 earthquake was the most devastating. The reason for Tokyo to be unstable is the Philippine Sea tectonic plate pushes up the Eurasian plate causing major earthquakes and volcanoes. When plates move they create new forms, earthquakes in Tokyo have made the Saqumi Bay drop 820 feet! Earthquake have also caused water and sand to spread over farmland.

Evidence

Tokyo is a dangerous place to live because of the earthquakes and active volcanoes. The destructive earthquake of 1923 destroyed as many as 350,000 homes! The quake had a little help from the volcanoes that erupted because of the plate movement. Tokyo has lost bilions of dollars to the damage of earthquakes. The 1923 earthquake created 14 billion dollars of damage with some help from the erupting volcanoes.

San Francisco, California

Location

When people think of Northern California, do they think of San Francisco? Do they think of a big city and the Golden Gate Bridge? Or do they they think of the 1906 earthquake? People probably don’t think of the earthquake unless they were there to witness it themselves. It is said to be the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California. People said once San Francisco was gone it’d never come back. But just look at it now.

Tectonic Activity

This earthquake was caused by the San Andreas fault that circles much of the Pacific ocean. Earth-Scientists call this fault line the Pacific Ring of fire because of how often the tectonic plates are moving against each other making earthquakes and volcanoes a regular thing. Where it passes through California the plates make up a transform boundary. A transform boundary is one that the plates move past each other laterally.

Evidence

San Francisco is dangerous because of all the small earthquakes that tend to happen. If one earthquake were to back up another, it could cause a way bigger one such as the one that happened April 18, 1906. It caused devastating fires, and 3,425 people died. This earthquake destroyed 80% of San Francisco. It caused 235 million dollars of damage, which today in 2013 economy would cost 6.11 billion dollars. The aftershocks of the earthquake caused less damage than the subsequent fires. It is estimated the 90% of the destruction was the result of fires.

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Sassari, Italy

Location

People want to move to, live in, and visit Sassari, Italy because it has beautiful views and gorgeous weather. The town is an adorable little medieval centre, it has excellent food, painting galleries, and descriptive sections dedicated to Sardinian fold art. Every year there are festivals held in memory of the 16th century. The religious buildings are magnificent and they reveal curious blends of architectural styles. Sassari has fantastic prehistoric stone structures that date back to 1600 BC.

Tectonic Plate

The earthquakes in Sassari don't occur very often. They are also very costly because of all the home destruction. The destruction rate is usually over a million dollars, sometimes more. The earthquakes tend to have a large amount of injuries. The death toll sometimes is rather large, but sometimes it's rather low.

Evidence

This is a dangerous place because the earthquakes cause a lot of building destruction. They cause also many injuries to people and animals. The earthquakes also cause some deaths, but not as much as injuries. They also have a lot of damage to the old architecture styled buildings.
From this article you learned about four countries and why they have so much destruction and yet why people still want to live there. The countries are beautiful until their plates slide and then major destruction occurs, many people die, and many homes are destroyed. The causes of these earthquakes is devastating and as the article states people still love to live in these locations.