The 7 Most Dangerous Locations on Earth

Michael Stevens, the creator of Vsauce on YouTube, has posted a video in which he tries to answer the question, "What is the most dangerous place on earth?" The answer to this question, however, is more complex than we might imagine, as we can divide the term “hazardousness” into several categories - such as violence, where you die most quickly, pollution level, number of fatalities, and so on. others.

The video begins with the statement that 93% of all humans who have ever lived are dead. Also, for every human alive right now, there are 15 who are already dead. There is no denying that the earth is a dangerous place, but what would be the worst places on earth to be?

1 - Mount Everest

Starting with temperature: Extremely hot or cold places can kill in hours - and in some cases in minutes. Another topic that can be taken into account is our need for oxygen, a detail that brings us to Mount Everest: the highest peak in the world and where this resource is actually scarcer, with only a third of the oxygen we need when compared to the level of the mountain. sea.

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This data would cause you to die in just 2 or 3 minutes if you were at the top of the mountain without any oxygen support.

2 - The extreme bottom of the sea

Death would come even faster if you were deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest place in the ocean - where your body would be covered by about 11 kilometers of water, causing the pressure on you to reach absurd levels.

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With all this pressure, your lungs would collapse immediately and without oxygen your brain would be unconscious in 15 seconds - and you would be dead in 90 seconds.

3 - Instant death in the lava

Falling into a lava lake is probably the most “instant” way to die. Contrary to what we see in the movies - where if a person falls into the lava the body begins to be consumed and sunk in parts, as if in a quicksand - what would actually happen to be to see "fireworks".

Adding liquid rock in extreme heat to the human body (which is basically composed of water) would make us explosively vaporized. In the video above, this can be seen just as an oyster comes in contact with the lava (at the 3 minute and 20 second mark).

4 - Where is malaria

Now, if we don't look at how fast you would die, but at the total number of fatalities, we will have to focus on something microscopic. In 1918, Influenza killed about 100 million people, which at the time represented around 3% of the total population of the planet.

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But in terms of the number of fatalities, Plasmodium - the cause of malaria - stands out. The total death toll from this disease throughout human history is surprising: of all men who have ever lived, researchers say that probably half have died from the disease.

So in fatalities throughout human history, and statistically speaking, the place where Plasmodium could enter a person's bloodstream from a mosquito bite could be called the most dangerous place on the face. from the earth.

5 - Karachay Lake

However, humans can also become a “danger” to themselves by radically polluting some parts of the planet - and Lake Karachay in Russia is a good example of this.

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It has been rated as the most polluted place on earth as it contains so many radioactive pollutants that you can receive a deadly dose of radiation just by staying for an hour at some points around the lake.

6 - City with the most murders

When we look at the world ranking of safe places (a list usually made based on many factors, such as violence), Somalia is considered the most insecure place on earth. However, taking into account only the number of murders, the city of Juarez, Mexico, has astonishing numbers: for every 1 million inhabitants, approximately 1500 are murdered each year.

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But last year, Juarez lost the most homicidal city post to San Pedro Sula in Honduras, which reported about 1600 murders per 1 million inhabitants.

7 - Chernobyl disaster

On April 26, 1986, a cooling failure caused a reactor to explode, triggering one of the largest nuclear disasters in history.

The accident caused a massive escape, thousands of deaths and a level of radiation so dangerous that to this day many parts near the accident remain quite lethal.

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Even though some spots are still open for visitation, after more than two decades, radiation at the site is over 250 microresources, 10 times more than normal for living things - a detail that allows visitors to stay in place for only 15 minutes. minutes