You wouldn't wish it on your enemy: 5 worst ways to die according to scientists

Julia PeschanskayaLife

Most people are afraid of dying a death other than their own. But death from natural disasters can be much worse and more painful.

IFLScience has published a selection of the five most horrific deaths. Most of them are relatively painless for the victims, but if you see such a spectacle, you will definitely remember it for the rest of your life.

Volcanic lava

Death from a pyroclastic flow (a flow of a mixture of hot volcanic gases, ash and rock fragments) or a pyroclastic surge (a mass of turbulent gas and rock fragments ejected during volcanic eruptions) causes untold suffering to a person. Lava moves at a speed of 80 km/h and can reach temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Celsius.

Victims would die of severe heat shock, and their muscles would shrink dramatically. People who were not affected by the lava probably suffocated from toxic volcanic gas and ash.

Diving bell

This structure is designed to transport divers to the depths and back to the surface, and because of its shape, the equipment is called a bell. Because this equipment is subjected to enormous external pressure as people dive deeper and deeper, the air inside these bells is highly compressed and the internal pressure can be incredibly high.

On 5 November 1983, several divers were working in a gas field. They left the bell and were in a closed passage, but suddenly the diving bell clamp opened and an explosion occurred. The divers were killed instantly.

As experts explained at the time, the pressure drop caused the air and liquid inside the people to expand rapidly and tear their insides and bodies apart.

Indoor lightning strike

The chances of dying from an indoor lightning strike are very low. However, in 2017, a man died from this very thing. While working next to a metal column and between two metal structures, lightning struck the column, then passed through the man's leg and heart and exited through his right thumb.

70% of his body suffered first, second and third degree burns.

Dissolving in a volcanic hot pot

Some volcanoes have a geothermal system of geysers and hot springs. These pools have a high water temperature. When a person falls into such a pool, they first suffer third-degree burns, as a result of which all layers of the skin are damaged, blacken and break, and subcutaneous fat boils off.

Surprisingly, such a death would not cause much pain, as the nerve endings would immediately burn. In less than a day, the body would be completely dissolved and no remains would be found.

Death by snake venom

The boomslang is a venomous snake, although it is not very aggressive, but if it feels threatened, it can lunge at a person. If their hind fangs manage to penetrate your skin, a toxic substance will flow through your entire body.

This was the fate of herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt, who was brought a snake for identification at the Chicago Museum of Natural History in September 1957. The animal bit the man's left thumb during the examination. He documented the effect of the venom and died the very next day.

First, he began to feel severe nausea, then developed chills (a symptom that consists of a cold sensation that causes spasm of the superficial blood vessels of the skin and is accompanied by muscle shivering) and a rapid rise in body temperature. The man started bleeding heavily from the mouth.

He continued to bleed from various orifices, including his nose and eyes, for some time afterwards before finally losing the ability to respond to external stimuli. That day, he died of respiratory paralysis as his heart and brain began to bleed.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL published photos created by the neural network of what people can experience after death.

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