What is the most dangerous place you have been to? A wild river? Maybe a tropical rainforest full of dangerous animals? In fact, there are many places on our planet that are extremely dangerous to be around, for numerous reasons. From deadly hurricane-prone locations and war-torn countries to cities with extremely high crime rates and areas with lethal levels of radioactivity, make sure to avoid these 25 Most Dangerous Places On Earth.
Sahel, North Africa
The Sahel is a region bordering the Sahara Desert in Africa. Human exploitation of the area’s limited water has caused massive desertification and greatly increased the risk of drought and famine. During just 12 years, between 1972 and 1984, more than 100,000 people died in this area because of drought.
Snake Island, Brazil
Officially known as Ilha de Queimada Grande, the Island of Snakes is located off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Notorious for an extremely high occurrence of snakes, the island is the only place on Earth where the feared Golden Lancehead Viper lives. The snake’s venom is so powerful that it actually melts human flesh. No wonder the Brazilian government banned visitors here.
Danakil Desert, East Africa
Located in northeast Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and northwestern Djibouti, the Danakil Desert is known as one of the most hostile and dangerous places in the world. The area is known for volcanoes and geysers that spit toxic gases and extreme heat, with daytime temperatures surpassing 50 °C (122 °F). Moreover, conflicts in Eritrea increase the risk of getting kidnapped.
Located deep in the heart of Siberia, thousands of miles east of Moscow, the Russian village of Oymyakon has the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location: -71.2 °C (-96.2 °F). One of the coldest places in the world, the village is home to about 500 people. Mobile phones usually don’t work in the freezing weather, and no crops can be grown here.
Due to ongoing violent conflicts, Syria has been consistently ranked among the world’s deadliest countries over the past years. The inhabitants of this war-torn country have experienced bombardment of residential areas, food and medical care deprivation, lengthy sieges, and reportedly even chemical weapons attacks.
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