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8 beautiful places prone to natural disasters

By: Josh Lew on Dec. 30, 2013, 8:05 a.m.
A volcano erupts at night. The lights of a city are seen in the distance.

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Risky places worth a visit

Natural disasters are a fact of life for almost every person on the planet. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and the like are Mother Nature's newsmakers, and most people live in a region that is affected by at least one of these destructive forces.

Even travelers must take the possibility of natural disasters in stride — it’s just part of the package. If you want to vacation in the Caribbean in the late summer or early fall (when hotel rates and airfares are at their cheapest), you keep an eye on the hurricane forecast and consider buying trip cancelation insurance. Spending the summer in the Central Plains? You find out where the nearest tornado shelter is. Travelers should be prepared for the worst and be confident that the worst probably won't happen.

That said, there are some popular travel destinations that are at risk for more than one type of natural disaster. Where are these hot spots? And why are they worth visiting despite the dangers? Let’s find out.