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8 beautiful places prone to natural disasters

By: Josh Lew on Dec. 30, 2013, 8:05 a.m.
Indonesia Krakatoa volcano

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The vast island nation of Indonesia is deeply affected by Mother Nature's muscle. The famous volcano Krakatoa (pictured) brought great destruction to the country in the late 19th century, while the more recent 2004 Asian tsunami stands as one of the most lethal natural disasters in history (more than 100,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh Province were killed by the wave).

Volcanoes and powerful tremors continue to make headlines in Indonesia, namely on the heavily populated island of Java. Mount Sinabung, in central Sumatra, has been very active recently, while one of the most prolific volcanos on Earth, Mount Merapi, sits a relatively short distance from the Javanese city of Yogayakarta. The massive metropolis of Jakarta, also on Java, is prone to serious flooding and also sits in an earthquake zone.

Disaster dangers aside, Indonesia is a wonderful place to travel. With tens of thousands of islands to choose from and a diverse population, this country is one of Asia's most interesting and underrated destinations, so it is worth looking beyond the nation's one tourist hot spot, Bali, to experience the archipelago's endless list of attractions.