The world has never been smaller, But no matter where you go, there are risks. The Earth is also deadlier than we can imagine: Natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes are inevitable, unforgivable and will always decimate people without worry or warning, but we cause a lot of problems for ourselves. We’ve created ghost towns, claimed millions of lives, and been ravaged by the tumultuous venom of Mother Nature. Today, we here at Bright Side have prepared a list of the most thrilling and dangerous locations in the world.

1. Death Valley, USA

  • Elevation: -86 m
  • Lowest Elevation: 86 m (Below sea level)
  • Area: 3,000 square miles (7,800 km2)

Death Valley is a desert valley in eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. Death Valley is a huge place. It extends more than 225 kilometers across the southern part of the state of California, and across the border with the state of Nevada. It is one of the hottest places on the planet, along with the deserts of the Middle East and the Sahara. Death Valley is a land of magnificent but dangerous extremes. There are mountains that reach over three thousand meters in the sky. There is a place called Badwater which is the lowest area in the Western Hemisphere. If there was water there, it would be eighty-six meters below ocean level. Death Valley can be dangerously cold during the winter months. Storms in the mountains can cause flash flooding on the valley floor. The air temperature during the summer reached fifty-seven degrees Celsius. The extreme heat of Death Valley has killed people in the past. However, it would be wrong to think that nothing lives in Death Valley. The valley is full of life. Wildflowers grow very quickly after a little rain. Some desert plants can send their roots over eighteen meters to reach water deep in the ground.

Best Time To See: SPRING. It is the most popular time to visit Death Valley. March and April is best time to come here.

2. Centralia, Pennsylvania

  • Elevation: 447 m
  • Area: 62 ha
  • Weather: 4 °C, Wind S at 3 km/h, 57% Humidity

Centralia, Pennsylvania was once a bustling mining hub, but a hidden underground fire turned it into a ghost town on fire. The streets of Centralia are abandoned. Most of its buildings have disappeared, and smoke is spreading over the graffiti-strewn highways where a thriving city once stood. The once bustling market town has turned into a ghost town. The cause was something still happening under the empty streets of Centralia: a mine fire that has burned for more than 50 years, devastating a community and the eviction and impoverishment of many of its residents. Almost 60 years a century ago, Centralia, Pennsylvania was a bustling coal mining town home to more than 1,000 people. Today, the once-thriving community is a smoldering expanse of overgrown streets, cracked pavement, and charred trees where streams of toxic gas spew into the air from hundreds of fissures in the ground.

Best Time To See: August To October

3. Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Last Eruption: 10 August 2020
Elevation: 2,460 m
Prominence: 1,143 m
Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano of andesite and dacite in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 40 kilometres from the Lake Toba supervolcano. The long eruption of Mount Sinabung is similar to that of Mount Unzen in Japan, which erupted for five years after sleeping for 400 years. A major eruption began on August 10, 2020. Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene to Holocene stratovolcano. It is located in a relatively cool region on a fertile plateau with mountains bordering the north. The summit crater of the volcano has a complex and longer shape due to the vents migrating on the N-S line. The 2,460-meter-high andesitic-to-dacitic volcano originates from the Sunda Arc, which is created by the subduction of the Indo-Australian plate under the Eurasian plate. The Andaman Islands are on the north-northwestern limit of the arc while the Banda arc is to the east. Sinabung has a total of four volcanic craters, one of which is currently active.
Best Time To See: August and September

4. Valley of Death, Kamchatka, Russia

Kikhpinych is a stratovolcano located in the eastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula that feeds the famous valley of geysers. At its base is an area 2 by 0.5 kilometers known as “Death Valley”, where volcanic gases accumulate and kill birds and mammals. which enter the valley. There is the so-called Death Valley in Kamchatka, and this name was not given by accident. It is located in the upper part of the Geyzernaya River at the foot of the Kikhpinych volcano in the territory of the famous Kronotsky reserve. This small area, not exceeding 2 kilometers and not exceeding 100-500 meters, regularly kills animals and birds. The Reserve was created in 1934, but parts of it remained unexplored for quite a long time. So was the discovery of the valley, which turned out to be exceptionally unusual: a popular tourist route laid out nearby, and local geysers were regularly sought after by geologists at that time. But the anomaly was not detected until 1975. The Valley is located on the way of the concentrated gas emission that fills the basin with hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, carbon sulphur and other poisonous fumes. The area is full of thick layers of sulphur and that’s why the bodies of animals do not decay for so long: even the bacterial activity is suppressed due to the poisonous atmosphere.
Best Time To See: The period from May to October makes this territory a natural killer.

5. Afar Depression, Ethiopia

  • Highest point: Erta Ale
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Mountains: Erta Ale

The Afar Depression is a geological depression in the Horn of Africa, where it overlaps Eritrea and the Afar region of Ethiopia, and lightly touches Djibouti and Somalia. Living volcanoes (the “Denakil Alps”) separate it from the Red Sea. The Afar Depression is a stunning landscape that includes the Danakil Desert and Africa’s lowest point, Lake Asal, less than 155 meters (510 feet) below sea level. Dallol, Ethiopia, also does. part of the depression, one of the hottest places of the year anywhere on Earth. The only river that flows into the depression is the Awash River, which ends in a chain of salt lakes, where its water evaporates as quickly as it is supplied. About 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Afar Depression is covered by salt, and salt mining remains a major source of income for many Afar tribes, who cut salt into bars and transport it on mule backs. to other parts of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Best Time To See: September to May

6. Lake Natron, Tanzania

Area: 1,040 km²
Length: 57 km
Location: Northern Tanzania
Lake Natron is known to be one of the most inhospitable places for the majority of wildlife on the African continent. With a pH that can reach levels as high as 12, and scorching temperatures reaching up to 60 ° C (140 ° F), the lake can literally burn your skin. The lake also has a bright red color, which acts as a warning signal, warning most life forms to stay away. Located in the Arusha region of Tanzania, Africa’s Great Rift Valley Lake is one of the most caustic lakes in the world. The lake gets its reddish hue from salt-loving microorganisms, called halophiles, which thrive in its alkaline waters and produce reddish pigments, which color the lake’s salt crust red. The salty crust, however, changes over time, making the lake look different each time. High levels of evaporation cause natron to be left behind in its bed. Natron, after which the lake has been named, is a mineral salt that ancient Egyptians used for the mummification process. Animals that die here can turn into calcified statues over time, because of the unique chemical makeup of the lake, which encrusts the carcasses with layers of salt, sodium carbonates, and sodium bicarbonates.
Best Time To See: Tanzania’s ‘green season’, between November and March, is much quieter.



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