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.
Some of Brazil’s metropolises such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are known to have a very high crime rate. However, it is in fact the tiny and way less-known coastal state of Alagoas that has by far the highest murder rate in the country…possibly even in the world. Every year, more than 2,000 people are killed in this state with just about 3 million inhabitants.
The capital of the West African country of Liberia, Monrovia is home to one of Africa’s worst slums, the West Point. Crowded with 75,000 people, the slum is plagued with cholera epidemics, drug use, crime, teenage prostitution, and a lack of sanitary facilities. The city is also very polluted and struggles with serious environmental problems such as floods.
Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
Mount Sinabung is an active stratovolcano situated on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Eruptions occur here very frequently, often leaving thousands of people without shelter or livelihood. Many nearby towns and villages have been completely covered in lava and ash several times, most recently in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Sadly, dozens of people have already been killed in the eruptions.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Located along the Atlantic coast of Namibia, the Skeleton Coast has a reputation of being one of the most inhospitable and deadliest natural places on Earth. This extreme piece of land got its name from whale and seal skeletons scattered all over the area; many people (mainly shipwrecked sailors) have died here too due to the local harsh environment.
Regarded as a totalitarian dictatorship, North Korea is widely accused of having one of the worst human rights records in the world. Both locals as well as visitors can be arrested for things that people living in democratic countries find normal. Due to the worsening relations between North Korea and the US, this Asian country is particularly dangerous for American tourists who might be detained here.