Have a nice house yet have something to complain about?? Well, where these people reside will help you give up that habit. These are people who reside where people would least imagine.
1. Mount Merapi, Indonesia
About quarter of a million people live on the mountain known as the “Fire Mountain”. It has erupted 60 times within the last 500 years and a single eruption could destroy all life around it.
2. Cook, South Australia
What once used to be a railway station for refueling now has only a few people left living there; so few that it is just a family of four that resides here.
3. La Rinconada, Peru
This place is home to 30,000 people, all miners, and is 5km above sea level; making it the highest permanent settlement in the world. A lot of them suffer from mercury poisoning and don’t get paid. On the last day of the month they are allowed to take as much as ore out of the mine as they can carry as payment. The payment is any gold they may or may not find in that ore.
4. The Maldives
The highest point of these islands is 6 feet and with the rising sea level, the future of these islands is grim. The President Muhammed Nasheed even announced his plan to completely relocate the population upon taking office. Most of the islands were washed away by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and it’s just a matter of time before these islands are completely submerged.
5. The Cayman Islands
Home to 50,000 plus people, this British territory is situated 150 miles south of Cuba. The world class pristine beaches have made this place a popular tourist destination but unfortunately this place is the hurricane capital of the world. The islands are hit by a hurricane every two years and have had 64 destructive hurricanes since 1871. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 wiped out 70 percent of the Island’s buildings.
6. Pompeii, Italy
The city of Pompeii was reduced to ashes in 79 A.D and for most years’ inhabitant after that. The fertile soil here though has temped people to move back to this town although it sees quite a few eruptions. Want to see how dead this place is?? Watch the Pink Floyd show here.
7. Barrow, Alaska, US
Located on the shoreline of the Arctic Ocean, Barrow experiences extreme temperatures throughout the year and sometimes touches -49 degrees Celsius at times.
8. Kifuka, Democratic Republic of the Congo
A place of never ending thunderstorms, apparently every square mile of this village receives at least 60 lightning strikes a year. Thunderstorms happen every day and last for hours together.
9. Motuo, China
Inhabited by 10,000 people, this place has no roads to the outside world and if one dreams of going out they have to face the challenge of a perilous hike.
10. Coober Pedy, South Australia
This dry desert area experiences scorching temperatures up to almost 50 degrees Celsius. Since the given conditions are almost inhabitable, people have resorted to living underground. This town has over 1500 people residing in it with all possible living facilities available.
11. La Oroya, Peru
Ranked as one of the most polluted cities in the world, almost all children who are habited over here are victims to lead poisoning due to the mining that goes on. It has affected the soil and water.
12. Death Valley, US
This place is by far the hottest part of the western hemisphere with temperatures soaring up to 57 degree Celsius. American Indians have stayed faithful to this valley for centuries now.
13. Vostok Station, Antarctica
This is the recorded coldest place on the planet, with temperatures dropping to -89 degrees Celsius. It is also located more than 11,000 feet above sea level making it difficult to breathe. This area sparsely populated and mostly occupied by researchers who suffer from extreme mountain sickness.
14. Atacama Desert, Chile/Peru
An inhabitance for about a million people, this is one of the driest places on the planet, seeing about only up to four rains a year. Temperatures soar during the day and get freezing at night. Most of those who reside here are local copper miners.
15. Verkhoyansk, Russia
A place once used as an exile for the Tzars and soviets is not habited by 1500 people. One of the oldest cities of the Arctic Circle, the freezing points here are unimaginable.
16. Oymyakon village
This village is officially the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth. The average temperature during January is -50 degree Celsius.
17. The Pitcairn Islands
The smallest democracy on the planet, about 50 people reside here. Using a canoe is your only hope of getting in and out. There are no other facilities that will make you comfortable.
18. Minqin County, China
This place has a rapidly increasing population, a dried up river and just 60 square miles of fertile land. Although many still live amongst this non fruitful land, their hope for survival on this place is dull.
19. Resolute Bay
This is one of Canada’s northern most communities and the average temperature here is -15 degree Celsius. Despite the biting cold , people still reside here. This is easily one of the coldest places to live in.
20. Ha Long Bay
About 1600 people live on four fishing villages at this bay. They sustain themselves through fishing and marine aquaculture. These people have no need to go on land and generally spend all their time on water.