The 72 Most Dangerous Places to Live is a 2016 series with 6 one-hour episodes.
10 out of 10 stars. This is very informative and entertaining.
31. Underground Coal Fire – Centralia, Pennsylvania
In 1962 a fire was set in a garbage dump that went underground and ignited the coal stores in this small coal mining town. That fire has burned unchecked for more than 50 years. This fire burns at 440 degrees Celsius. It is currently 163 acres and growing larger every year.
20. Avalanches – Rocky Mountains – Big White, British Columbia
Informative look at how easily it is to die in an avalanche. Once you’re hit, the snow immediately solidifies like cement and you have 15 minutes left to live.
57. Isolation – Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific
This island is so isolated if you get sick you’re on your own.
25. Air Pollution – Beijing, China
The air in Beijing is so toxic it is 40 times higher than what is considered “safe” air pollution. Seventy percent of their energy comes from coal and Beijing is surrounded by seven of the most polluted cities in the world. The reason people in Beijing wear masks isn’t for SARS, it’s so they can breathe.
2. Flooding – Kiribati Islands
Thanks to global warming, Kiribati is sinking into the ocean at a rate of 10 mm per year.
19. Earthquakes – Nepal
The earthquakes in Nepal liquefy the sediment under the ground making them particularly deadly.
17. Toxic Water – Ganges River, India
Eight percent of India’s population lives on the Ganges River. It is the home of the most devout Hindu. They regularly bathe in the water and dumb raw sewage there too. Industrial waste is dumped there making it a toxic pool of chemicals and human waste. It is the sixth most polluted river in the world. Two hundred tons of burning bodies are sent down the Ganges River in a single year, every year.
In the United States, beaches are closed if the water has a fecal coliform count of >200 units per 100 mL of water. Prepare yourself. The Ganges River has a fecal coliform count of >1 million units per 100 mL of water. :0 They’re dumping 3,000 million liters of sewage into the river daily. Let me say that again: 3,000 million liters of sewage dumped into the Ganges River daily. Ew.
40. Flooding – Malawi, Africa
In January 2015 a flood left 250,000 people homeless and the place continues to flood.
67. Treacherous Roads – Karakorum Highway, Pakistan (Skardu and Gilgit)
This highway is narrow, high in the mountains, and remote with continuous landslides. The mountains are 8,000 feet high. The highway is almost as high.Parts of the highway are over suspended rope bridges. :0
71. Flooding – Venice, Italy
Venice is a city of 118 islands connected by bridges. Over the past 40 years they’ve slowly sank due to using the water from their underground aquifers. Even after they stopped using these aquifers, the city kept sinking. Add to that the rise in sea level from global warming and Venice is going underwater.
47. Ebola – Guinea
Guinea was the start of the Ebola outbreak and still has it.
37. Radioactive – Maralinga, Australia
From 1956 to 1963, the city of Maralinga, Australia was used as a nuclear bomb testing site. They set off 7 atomic bombs from 1.4 kilotons to 26.6 kilotons (worse than Hiroshima). There is more plutonium here than anywhere in the world and it’s on the surface in the dirt and dust that blows to other areas of Australia.
Believe it or not, the government made it a tourist site. :0
43. Water Pollution – Citarum River, Java
This is the world’s most polluted river. People throw their garbage in the river, plastic bags and all. They dump their sewage in the river. There are also hundreds of clothing factories in Bandung that dump industrial waste into this river. The Citarum River provides 80% of Java’s water supply so they are at least starting to clean up the river. There are no fish, quite obviously, but when the fishermen said the river was polluted and the fish had died, no one was listening.
10. Asbestos – Wittenoom, Australia
Wittenoom is the most contaminated site in the Southern Hemisphere for blue asbestos. It is everywhere, leftover from the mines. In 2006 the government closed the city and shut down the utilities, but 3 residents refused to leave. After 100 years of mining asbestos, most of the residents ended up with mesothelioma.
55. No Rain – Arica, Chile
Arica is the driest place in the world (even though it’s on the coast of Chile). It never rains. From 1903 to 1918 there was no rain at all. Now there is less than 1mm of rain per year. In 1868, the city was hit with an earthquake followed by a tsunami. It is also home to the Atacama Desert.
50. Flooding – New York City, New York
Global warming has risen the sea levels and made Manhattan sink. By 2100, New York City will be at last partially underwater. Manhattan is only 5 feet above sea level.
36. Earthquakes – Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand is located on the ring of fire, a circle of volcanoes. In September of 2010, a 7.1 earthquake hit Christchurch. Six months later in February 2011, a second earthquake hit of similar magnitude, decimating the town.
3. Flooding – Maldives
The highest elevation is 6 feet above sea level in the Maldives so they are already sinking into the ocean. Global warming has risen the sea temperatures and thermal expansion has made the sea level rise even worse, outpacing the estimates. There’s enough ice in Greenland to raise sea levels by 6 to 7 meters (roughly 18 feet to 21 feet). There’s enough ice in East Antarctica to raise sea levels by 60 meters (roughly 180 feet). Like Java, the government of Maldives is buying up land in other countries for their citizens.
In addition to the flooding, Maldives also suffers from lack of fresh water, tsunamis, and cyclones.
13. Toxic Water – La Rinconada, Peru
This is a town on top of the Andes Mountains at 16,000 feet. A gold mine runs here and takes on anyone. You work there for free for 30 days then you can take all the gold you want from the mine. That’s what keeps people coming. There is no running water, no sanitation, no garbage disposal, so all of that ends up in the water. In addition, they use mercury to extract the gold from the ore and rocks so the water is also tainted with high levels of mercury.
53. Dengue Fever – Bangkok, Thailand
I already hate Bangkok, but it’s home of dengue fever, also called broken back fever because it makes you feel like your back is broken. In 2013, 133 people died of Dengue fever in Thailand.
43. Muscle Atrophy, Loss of Bone Density – International Space Station
There are more dangers than just muscle atrophy and loss of bone density. Those are the sure things. But there’s also stress, danger from asteroids and other space objects hitting them, and the unknown.
27. Freezing Temperatures – Southern Ocean (above Antarctica)
Because it’s so dangerous here, it has become a haven for illegal fishing of endangered species. And where the illegal poachers go, the greenies will follow. Storms, winds, cold, and dangerous poachers are but a few of the dangers. The worst is the freezing water. If you fall in, you’ve got 2 minutes to live.
6. Tornadoes – Tornado Alley, Central U.S.
There are 800 to 1200 tornadoes in the U.S. per year, most of them in Tornado Alley, an area in the central U.S. that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. The number one cause of death is blunt force trauma from things lifted by the tornado and thrown at you. The largest tornado was 2.6 miles wide. The most destructive was the EF5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri with 200+ mph winds.
66. Flooding – Phugtal Mountains, India
This monastery was built high in the mountains but still suffers from dangerous flash floods.
12. High Winds, Freezing Temperatures, Isolation – Antarctica
There is no emergency medicine here. Winds are 320 km/hr. Temperatures are -89 degrees Celsius. There’s also the Polar T3 Syndrome, a sickness that occurs when you’re in low temperatures and high winds for long periods of time. There’s also Mount Erebus, an active volcano.
59. No Water – Aral Sea, Russia
This used to be one of the largest lakes in the world, but from 1989 to 2014 Russia diverted the water to feed cotton farms. Now it’s 10% of its former size.
63. Flooding – Netherlands
The Netherlands is a country that sits below sea level. With global warming and rising sea levels, they’ve sunk even lower. More than 50% of the country is at 3 feet above sea level. In 1954 they started a huge dike called the Delta Works. It was completed in 1986.
5. Bushfires – Central Australia
On Feb. 7, 2009 one of the worst firestorms in history took over Central Australia. It was called Black Saturday and burned 1.1 million acres for over a month.
29. Earthquakes – San Andreas Fault
Along the San Andreas Fault in California, there have been some of the worst earthquakes in the U.S. In 1906, San Francisco’s earthquake destroyed 80% of the city. In 1989, the Bay Area was hit with the destructive Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1994, Los Angeles Northridge neighborhood was hit with a destructive earthquake. There are 300 faults under California. The San Andreas Fault is 800 miles long. The earthquake capital is Parkfield, California just northeast of Los Angeles.
38. Cyclones – Tikopia
On December 28, 2002, a deadly cyclone with winds of 285 km/hr destroyed much of Tikopia which is only 5 square kilometers big.
54. Storms – Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle used to be famous for ship disappearances, but really it’s famous for massive storms every 6 years.
30. Volcano – Mount Etna, Catania, Sicily
This is the highest elevation active volcano in the world. In 1669, it erupted and showered the city with lava.
7. Volcano – Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy
In August of 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and burned Pompei to the ground. People were found encased in stone exactly as they had died, showing that it was almost instantaneous. The pyroclastic cloud covered the citizens at 160 km/hr and at 300 degrees Celsius. It’s erupted 30 times since then but is overdue for a major blow.
39. Volcano – Plymouth, Montserrat
In July 1995, 80% of Plymouth was buried when the volcano erupted.
41. Toxic Water, Tornado – Picher, Oklahoma
From 1913 to 1967 zinc and lead were mined here. Eventually the water became poisoned with lead. In 2008, a tornado demolished 180 homes. In 2013, the town was official dissolved.
10 out of 10 stars. You can see from the first three episodes that there’s a wide variety here. I’m assuming they’ll eventually get to Chernobyl as number 1.