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The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Earlier, this year, a Mexican think tank — the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice — released a study ranking the world’s most violent cities in 2011, and the results were astonishing.

The 20 most violent cities were all in Latin America.

The USA had some alarming scores too, led by New Orleans at 21.

Other dangerous cities were located in Africa. None of the top 50 was in Europe or Asia, despite great unrest in those regions.

The ranking is based on murder rate per capita in 2011.

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

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Homicides: 1,186

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.50

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

49. Durban, South Africa

Homicides: 1,186

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.54

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

48. Baltimore, United States

Homicides: 195

Inhabitants: 620,961

Murder rate: 31.40

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

AP Photo/Antonio Sierra

Homicides: 198

Inhabitants: 630,174

Murder rate: 31.42

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

46. Panama, Panama

46. Panama, Panama

Police in Panama

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Homicides: 543

Inhabitants: 1,713,070

Murder rate: 31.70

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

45. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

44. Mosul, Iraq

43. St. Louis, United States

43. St. Louis, United States

Homicides: 113

Inhabitants: 319,294

Murder rate: 35.39

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

42. Barranquilla, Colombia

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Homicides: 381

Inhabitants: 1,050,930

Murder rate: 36.25

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

39. Curitiba, Brazil

39. Curitiba, Brazil

AP Photo/Tereza Costa

Homicides: 720

Inhabitants: 1,890,272

Murder rate: 38.09

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

38. Monterrey, Mexico

Homicides: 1,680

Inhabitants: 4,160,339

Murder rate: 40.38

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

37. Fortaleza, Brazil

Homicides: 1,514

Inhabitants: 3,529,138

Murder rate: 42.90

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

36. Macapá, Brazil

Homicides: 225

Inhabitants: 499,116

Murder rate: 45.08

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

35. Pereira, Colombia

35. Pereira, Colombia

AP Photo/Scott Dalton

Homicides: 177

Inhabitants: 383,623

Murder rate: 46.14

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

34. Cape Town, South Africa

Homicides: 1,614

Inhabitants: 3,497,097

Murder rate: 46.15

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

33. Kingston (metropolitan area), Jamaica

Homicides: 550

Inhabitants: 1,169,808

Murder rate: 47.02

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

32. Recife, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.23

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

31. Cuiabá, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.32

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

30. Detroit, United States

Homicides: 346

Inhabitants: 713,777

Murder rate: 48.47

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

29. João Pessoa, Brazil

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Homicides: 191

Inhabitants: 389,674

Murder rate: 49.02

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

27. São Luís, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

AP Photo/Raphael Alves-A Critica, File

Homicides: 1,079

Inhabitants: 2,106,866

Murder rate: 51.21

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Homicides: 225

Inhabitants: 427,789

Murder rate: 52.60

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

24. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Homicides: 621

Inhabitants: 1,120,718

Murder rate: 55.41

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

AP Photo/Efrain Patino

Homicides: 335

Inhabitants: 597,385

Murder rate: 56.08

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

22. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil

Homicides: 2,037

Inhabitants: 3,574,804

Murder rate: 56.98

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

21. New Orleans, United States

Homicides: 199

Inhabitants: 343,829

Murder rate: 57.88

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

20. San Salvador, El Salvador

19. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

18. Veracruz, Mexico

Homicides: 418

Inhabitants: 697,414

Murder rate: 59.94

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

17. Vitoria, Brazil

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 1,685,384

Murder rate: 67.82

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

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Homicides: 299

Inhabitants: 439,362

Murder rate: 68.05

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

15. Mazatlán, Mexico

Homicides: 307

Inhabitants: 445,343

Murder rate: 68.94

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

14. Medellín, Colombia

Homicides: 1,624

Inhabitants: 2,309,446

Murder rate: 70.32

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

13. Culiacán, Mexico

13. Culiacán, Mexico

AP Photo/Guillermo Arias

Homicides: 649

Inhabitants: 871,620

Murder rate: 74.46

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

A member of the Mara 18 gang in Guatemala

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Homicides: 2,248

Inhabitants: 3,014,060

Murder rate: 74.58

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

11. Cali, Colombia

11. Cali, Colombia

AP Photo/Inaldo Perez

Homicides: 1,720

Inhabitants: 2,207,994

Murder rate: 77.90

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

10. Belém, Brazil

10. Belém, Brazil

AP Photo/Lucivaldo Sena

Homicides: 1,639

Inhabitants: 2,100,319

Murder rate: 78.04

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

9. Durango, Mexico

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

Homicides: 690

Inhabitants: 831,693

Murder rate: 82.96

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

AP Photo

Homicides: 990

Inhabitants: 1,128,152

Murder rate: 87.75

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

6. Caracas Venezuela

Homicides: 3,164

Inhabitants: 3,205,463

Murder rate: 98.71

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

Homicides: 1,123

Inhabitants: 1,126,534

Murder rate: 99.69

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

4. Acapulco, Mexico

4. Acapulco, Mexico

AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez

Homicides: 1,029

Inhabitants: 804,412

Murder rate: 127.92

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

3. Maceió, Brazil

3. Maceió, Brazil

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Homicides: 1,564

Inhabitants: 1,156,278

Murder rate: 135.26

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

2. Juárez, Mexico

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 719,447

Murder rate: 158.87

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Meteorite explosions over Spain, Russia and the Caribbean

A bright fireball exploded over Andalusia on February 22, 2020 at about 00:22 local time. According to the first data, it was formed by rock from an asteroid, which crashed into the atmosphere at a speed of about 43,000 km / h.

The decay began at an altitude of 70 km above Almeria (Andalusia) and ended at an altitude of 29 km above the Mediterranean Sea.

Cameras in Calar Alto (Almeria), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Seville recorded bright meteorite decay.

A huge meteorite fireball replaced night to day on February 21, 2020 at 4:35 local time in the Segezha district of the Russian Republic of Karelia. After a bright flash of light, a loud booming sound was heard.

On February 21, a large cosmic rock exploded over the Caribbean Sea. The explosion was so vivid that cameras in Puerto Rico filmed it.

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How much snow has melted due to record high temperatures in Antarctica?

Antarctica has long been considered the coldest place on our planet, but now it cannot be called that. It is believed that the average annual temperature on a snowy continent should be approximately -57 degrees Celsius.

However, on February 6, 2020, the territory of Antarctica was in a fixed record high air temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius. These data were provided by employees of the Esperanza research station, which is located in the far north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Warm weather lasted about a week and it provoked the melting of a fairly large amount of snow. The effects of record air temperatures are especially noticeable on Eagle Island, whose snow cover has melted greatly.

Melting ice in Antarctica can kill many species of animals

The consequences of warming in Antarctica were described in the scientific publication Sciencelert. Eagle Island is located near a part of the Antarctic Peninsula, referred to as Graham Land. At the end of 2019, the island was covered with snow and ice, but now, due to the sudden warming of the air, it looks like an ordinary patch of moist land with snowy patches. In addition, ponds formed from melted ice in its center, which cannot drain into the sea.

The effects of warming in Antarctica

The effects of an increase in air temperature in Antarctica are clearly visible in the images sent by the Landsat 8 satellite. They clearly show how, in just a dozen days, Eagle Island lost a huge part of the ice cover. It is reported that during this short period of time the island lost about 10 centimeters of snow and ice. According to glaciologist Mauri Pelto, who has been studying natural ice for many years, melting of ice and snow in such a speed has never been observed in Antarctica. At least, he had not yet encountered such phenomena.

As a rule, the ice of Greenland melts most and most noticeably. We were made sure about this fact  back in 2015, when a group of scientists led by Eric Rinho from the University of California came to this conclusion. Moreover, some scientists are confident that due to the gradual increase in the temperature of the Earth’s air, Greenland may soon completely lose its ice cover. This threatens that the level of the oceans will rise dramatically, which will harm both people and animals.

Eagle Island taken on Landsat 8 satellite

Glaciologist Mauri Pelto also emphasized that it was scary not that the ice on Eagle Island had melted so quickly, but that such events were happening more and more often. The previous temperature record in Antarctica was recorded on March 24, 2015, when the air warmed up to 17.5 degrees Celsius. In 2020, the air temperature was as much as 18.3 degrees Celsius. What surprises will be presented to us by nature in the future, no one knows. Perhaps we are waiting for new temperature records, and the melting of ice and snow on Eagle Island is just nothing compared to what is coming.

In general, scientists from the University of California at Davis believe that nothing good awaits people in the future. According to them, humanity will boil alive, like “frogs in boiling water.”

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An engineer who believed in the theory of a flat earth died when his rocket was launched

Mike Hughes, nicknamed Mad Mike, a well-known amateur engineer flying on makeshift rockets, died during one of his experiments on Saturday in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported citing his agent.

Mad Mike was remembered by the general public for his faith in the theory of a flat Earth. In 2018, he told the Associated Press that the Earth was “Frisbee-shaped” and that he intended to fly into space to make sure it was.

On Saturday, Hughes planned to climb five thousand feet on his makeshift desert rocket near the town of Barstow, California. The event was supposed to be shown in the special program “Home Astronauts”. 

The video of spectators who arrived to watch the launch captures the launch of his rocket, the parachute that did not work on time and the fatal fall of the amateur astronaut.

Mike’s agent suggested that Mike might have lost consciousness during the launch of the rocket and as a result did not activate the parachute. He fell 2600 feet from the place where the rocket was launched.

It is worth noting that Mike was going to launch his home-made steam rocket in August last year, but as a result, his plans were postponed.

For decades, Hughes has performed tricks from jumping in a limousine over long distances to flying on rockets made from improvised materials. In 2018, Mike’s rocket rose to a height of 1.9 thousand feet and then landed in the Mojave Desert.

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