Volcanoes & Earthquakes
The Most Dangerous Places on Earth
Italy - Emma
Why Italy is dangerous?
Indonesia - Alexis
Why do People Want to Live There?
Indonesia, formally known as the Republic of Indonesia, is located just North of Australia at 11°S and 6°N. This beautiful country resides in Southeast Asia and lies on both sides of the equator. The tropical, warm climate, beaches characterized by brightly colored coral reefs, and high-peaked mountains make Indonesia wonderful place to visit. Tourist attractions such as Bali, Borobudur, Gili Islands, and several national parks make Indonesia a fun, exciting country that offers new experiences and opportunities for its tourists and inhabitants. In addition, Indonesia’ residents are friendly, culturally flexible, and religiously tolerant, making Indonesia a prime spot to reside or vacation.
Why so Dangerous?
Indonesia, despite all of its beautiful attributes, is a terribly dangerous and risky place to live. On average, a typical earthquake rocks Indonesia with a 5-6 magnitude or a normal volcano eruption has an astounding VEI of 7. Yearly, tectonic activity claims the lives of 6,209 people and affects almost 700,000 humans in the area. Nearly $150 million is paid by Indonesia to make up for the damage caused by tectonic activity. Even surrounding areas are devastated by Indonesia’s tectonic activity; a radius of up to 83 miles can be affected by the destructive earthquakes, volcanoes, and ensuing tsunamis, and in some cases, these affected areas are demolished. Overall, Indonesia’ tectonic activity is highly dangerous and threatens anyone in the area, no matter who you are.
Hawaii - Kylee
Why do people want to live there?
Why so Dangerous?
Russia - Kaleb
Why do people want to live here
Russia is a outstanding place with many activities to do and beautiful scenery to take in. There are white, snowcapped mountains, sparkling rivers, lush, green forests, and golden onion domes of Orthodox church cathedrals. The many events that can be done in Russia is camping out and having a picnic on the beach all by River Dnepr. Also there is bike riding with your friends and family as well as skiing down the snow capped mountains. Don’t forget the dancing in the parks on weekends while listening to music from a live brass band. There are many resorts and scenic places to be.
Tectonic plate movement of Russia
Russia lies on the North American plate and southwest of it is the pacific plate. The boundary that these 2 plates form is a convergent boundary. The plates run into each other and the pacific plate slides under the North American plate causing volcanoes and some earthquakes to occur. This area makes tall, rocky coastlines. Also to the west of the North American plate is the Eurasian plate. This boundary is a divergent boundary. As they pull apart, they make trenches and valleys on land.
Boom! Crack! Crash! The 2013 Okhotsk sea earthquake rocked Russia. This 8.3 magnitude earthquake was so powerful that not only could it be felt in the surrounding areas, but it could also be felt in places as far as Tokyo. It caused 30 million U.S. dollars in damage and killed 316,000 people! Also many more earthquakes have occurred such as the 8.1 Kuril Islands earthquake that killed 200,000 people and caused $2 million in damage and could be felt in Japan. Also there was the Sakhalin Isle earthquake that ranked on the richter scale a decent 7.5. It killed 1989 people and caused $100,000 in damage. The 1995 Neftegorsk earthquake caused 300 million dollars in damage and killed 2,000 of the 3,176 residents in the town. THats over half of the population! This earthquake ranked a 7.1 on the richter scale. Theres not just earthquakes here though. The Avachinsky volcano erupted and caused $200,000 in damage, but the death toll is not known.
This article has shown that modern science is still not advanced enough to prevent tectonic plates from, quite literally, rocking our world. Some of the locations most-visited by tourists because of their beauty and attractions - Hawaii, Indonesia, Italy, and Russia - are some of the most affected places by this tectonic activity - making them treacherous and risky places to visit or live. Eventually, scientific research and intervention will prove to be the greatest force of all, but until then - the entire world, including those four regions, will be controlled by tectonic activity - just as they were eons ago.
Kaleb's Work Cited