Our earth is full of diversity. There are places that are breathtakingly beautiful and we can not wait to explore them and then there are also places that can literally take your breath away. In simple words, these places are not for faint-hearted. Some of these places are even forbidden. Though we might not be able to go there we can always learn about them. Here is a list of ten dangerous places you don’t want to visit.
- POVEGLIA, ITALY
Divided into two separate parts by a canal, Poveglia is a small Italian island. Poveglia is located in Northern Italy, between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon. The history of this island is pretty sketchy. The island was located until 1379 when all of the residents of Poveglia fled warfare. Later from the year 1776 to more than 100 years, the island was being used as a quarantine for people who were infected with some disease or were suffering from the plague. After that Poveglia was used as an asylum for the mentally ill. Reportedly, the scientists of the mental health institution used to torture the patients and ran experiments on them. In 1968 the institutions closed and since then the island has been vacant. Currently, the island is widely considered as haunted.
2. ILHA da QUEIMADA GRANDE, BRAZIL
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brazil, Ilha da Queimada Grande is a small island and the only home to critically endangered species. And that easily makes it one of the dangerous places. The island is off-limits for the public. There are no residents here. The only people who have access to this island is the Brazilian navy and scientists. The island is full of venomous snakes like the Bothrops insularis aka golden lancehead pit viper. The snakes have adapted the environment and rapidly increasing in population. This scary island is better off untouched.
3. NORTH SENTINEL ISLAND, ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA
North Sentinel Island is one of the islands of the Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal. This island is home to the Sentinelese people. They are one of the last untouchable people or tribes. They have remained disconnected from modern civilization. Because they have been disconnected from the outside world, the tribe can be very dangerous. They have often violently rejected any contact with anyone or anything other than their own people. The island is under the protection of the Indian government and is off-limits to anyone other than researchers. The Sentinel people have attacked outsiders that resulted in death.
4. AREA 51, NEVADA, US
If you’re into conspiracy theories or anything creepy and mysterious than you’ve heard about the very famous Area 51. There are numerous documentaries and conspiracy about this place out there. Located in Nevada, most parts of area 51 is forbidden for regular people and only accessible by US governing bodies. This place is a top-secret military base. The base was acknowledged in only 2013 for the first time by the CIA. There have been complaints of UFO sightings in this area. The primary purpose of this highly protected area is still unknown. Though the protected areas are inaccessible, there are some parts like the small town Rachel is open to tourists.
5. DOOR TO HELL, TURKMENISTAN
The Darvaza gas crater is an underground cavern located in Derweze, Turkey. The cavern is filled with natural gas. It is popularly known as the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell. It was intentionally set it on fire because of the amount of methane gas it had. Geologists wanted to prevent the gas from spreading. And since 1971 the cavern has been burning continuously. This place is definitely not for faint-hearted people but there are still some people that use the surrounding area as a wild desert camping.
6.THE ZONE OF ALIENATION, UKRAINE
The Zone of Alienation is an exclusion zone, located around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation. It was established after the 1986 disaster by the Soviet Armed Forces. It had an area of 30 km. The Exclusion zone is now managed by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. The Exclusion Zone covers an estimated area of 2,600 km2. After the disaster, in the area of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, radioactive contamination from nuclear fallout is the highest and because of that public access is forbidden. The purpose of the Exclusion Zone is to prevent the spreading of radiological contamination. It is one of the highest radioactive places in the world. And it still attracts lots of tourists, mostly scientists. Because of often happens of looting, this area has become even more dangerous.
7. MEZHGORYE, RUSSIA
Mezhgorye, Republic of Bashkortostan, is a closed town in Russia. And just like Area 51, this place is also the centre of many conspiracy theories. The town is located near Mount Yamantau, in the southern Ural Mountains,
on the banks of the Maly Inser River. There rumors about the place of being a bunker or a nuclear facility. The main purpose of this place is too unknown. The government has given different answers about the place over the years like it being food storage to being a repository of national treasures, to a coal warehouse.
8. ASBESTOS MINE, CANADA
Asbestos is highly prized because of their resistance to fire and their abilities to absorb sound. It is a set of six naturally silicate minerals. But Asbestos can be very dangerous and because of that, it has been banned by the Europian Union. But in Canada, there is an open Asbestos mine in Quebec. Thetford Mines became one of the world’s largest asbestos-producing regions in the world. On the negative side exposure to Asbestos can cause cancer and other life-threatening diseases. There was another Asbestos site Jeffrey mine in Canada. It the world’s largest asbestos mine until recently. It was the site of the historical 1949 Asbestos Strike.
9. OVERTOUN BRIDGE, SCOTLAND
Located near Dumbarton in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, Overtoun bridge is known because of the number of dogs that died from jumping off the bridge. If you are a dog owner you should probably avoid this bridge. Apparently, there are 50 to 600 dogs to jump from their bridge for no reason whatsoever. According to some people, there are some dark forces involve in that place. The bridge was made in 1895. The bridge has witnessed human murders and attempted suicides by jumping off the bridge and landing on the rocks 50 feet below, over the years.
10. GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH, PACIFIC OCEAN
The great Pacific garbage patch is located from 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N in the Northcentral Pacific Ocean is also known as the Pacific trash vortex. it is a gyre of marine debris particles that covers 1.6 million square kilometres. The Patch contains exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other litter that have been trapped by the stream of the North Pacific Gyre. Most of these debris comes mainly from countries in Asia and it lies halfway between Hawaii and California. This is definitely not a place for vacation.