Dangers exist wherever you go. Waterways, roads, and restaurants are full of known and unknown threats, but just being at home can also result in illness or even death. Rural locations, urban centers, and everything in between - danger, danger, and more danger.
But what's the most hazardous place you know of? Redditors offered up the most dangerous destinations in their countries - and it was pretty terrifying.
Some of the menacing places are outdoors, full of creepy crawlers that could kill you, or stacked with reminders about the power of nature. Other perilous locations were more manmade in nature, rife with crime and other threats. Vote up the ones that freak you out the most.
Ilha da Queimada Grande, located about 25 miles off the coast of Brazil, is also known as "Snake Island." It's fairly small but is home to thousands of golden lancehead vipers. With somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 venomous snakes, the island is off-limits to humans.
Golden lancehead vipers (Bothrops insularis) are among the deadliest snakes on Earth; their bite carries a 7% mortality rate and many possible complications. Humans abandoned the island during the early 20th century after the lighthouse became automated, and now the Brazilian navy stops by once a year to do maintenance. Researchers and scientists need to get special permission to conduct research on Snake Island.
The reptiles have few predators, but declining resources have caused the vipers' population to decline. They're now listed as a critically endangered species.
North Sentinel Island, identified by a savvy Redditor as the most dangerous place in India, prohibits outsiders from visiting. Home to the native Sentinelese people, the island has remained uninfluenced by modernity and there's little information about what life is like there. What is known, however, is that the Sentinelese will violently defend their home - and kill to do it.
After the natives dispatched two fishermen in 2006, efforts by outsiders to find out what happened were met with arrows and stones - literally. In 2018, the death of Christian missionary John Allen Chau led to calls to essentially leave the body and the Sentinelese alone. Stephen Corry, from Survival International, explained:
The risk of a deadly epidemic of flu, measles or other outside disease is very real, and increases with every contact... Such efforts in similar cases in the past have ended with the Sentinelese attempting to defend their island by force.
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Assertions about Mexican border cities, that "all of them are quite violent," can be supported by a 2020 report of the most dangerous cities in the world. At the top of the list is Tijuana, with 2,649 homicides. Ciudad Juarez, the site of 1,251 homicides, was number four.
The dangers in Mexican border cities revolve around cartel activity. Violent attacks, kidnapping, and murders associated with the drug trade impact the lives of residents, migrants, and tourists alike.
As of July 2021, the danger had not declined, with Tijuana recording more than 1,160 deaths. Jaime Bonilla, governor of the Mexican state of Baja California, confirmed that "99% of the murders are related to drug cartels and the drug trade."
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Drowning Is A Major Danger In Israel's Negev Desert
In Israel, the most dangerous place, according to a Redditor named Wiskos, is the Negev Desert. Despite its beauty - and its name - the desert's rains have proven deadly many times over:
Over in Israel I would say the most dangerous place is the Negev desert in winter.
People thin[k] that since its a desert it's cool in winter and a good place to hike since it has huge cliffs and crazy views.
The problem is that the rains from the mountains around Jerusalem tend to flow down, creating insane water currents which flood every single ravine creating deadly floods with insane water pressure.
A family went hiking once in the Negev in winter and their bodies were found kilometers down the tracks. Couple of years ago a summer camp group went for a hike and around 13 out of 15 (afaik) teenagers died.
The death is almost never from drowning alone but rather from being smashed on rocks by an insane water pressure.
In 2018, a group of 10 teenagers drowned on a school trip due to flash floods, and just one year earlier, another man fell to his death while rappelling down a cliff. Bedouin attacks and dangers from military actions extend into the Negev Desert as well.