Top 10 Cities That Will Completely Disappear by 2100

Top 10 Cities That Will Completely Disappear by 2100

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10 World Cities That Will Completely Disappear
by 2100 10. San Francisco, USA Most people realize the earthquake danger
in San Francisco, yet the enormity of the potential devastation is almost beyond comprehension.
According to the University of California, research forecasts a 75% probability that
an earthquake of a 7 or greater magnitude will occur by 2086. Will the survivors elect
to re-build the majestic city? Will they be able to? Prior to Katrina, the population
of New Orleans was close to 500,000. Afterwards, the population shrunk by about half. It’s
rising again, but the demographics are still far lower than they were pre-Katrina. The
population of San Francisco is about 900,000. Tall structures abound and there’s no such
thing as a completely earthquake proof structure. In fact, the population of San Francisco is
shrinking. Not only is the city pricey, but many are wondering where they or their relatives
may end up with the city’s hazardous coastline and predicted disasters! 9. Venice, Italy One of the world’s most romantic cities
has been sinking for about a millennium. The pace has increased rapidly over the last 100
years, with the soil level sinking about 24 centimeters. Venice’s vulnerability to sea
and groundwater level change is extremely serious. For example, 100 years ago St. Mark’s
Square flooded around nine time per year, and now it’s inundated with water 100 times
per year. The government has been working on plans to protect Venice, but will they
work? No one knows. Preserving Venice has been a priority of the
Italian Government for about 30 years. Several billion euros have been dedicated to a major
flood defense system, called the MOSE Project. Proposed since the 1970s, it’s basically
a series of floodgates to stretch across three openings that connect the Venetian Lagoon
with the Adriatic Sea. However, the progress of the project has been checkered with stops
and starts, new completion dates and now possible illegality. In June the Mayor and other top
officials were arrested on corruption charges involving MOSE. It’s been suggested that
the City be moved to higher land altogether to protect its population and precious art
and frescoes. 8. Detroit, USA “Motor City” may become “Abandoned City”
as the population of Detroit continues to decline. If these trends keep up, Detroit
will be changed beyond recognition by 2100. The culprits include major economic and demographic
decline, including moves to the suburbs. At its peak in 1950 the population was 1,850,000,
compared with its present 701,000. Global competition in the automobile industry, significant
unemployment, crime rates and severe urban decay have rocked the city. In 2013, Detroit
filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in American history. The unemployment rate
is 23.1%, and one-third are living below the poverty level. Parts of the city are already
ghost towns as urban decay has set into once thriving communities. Some areas look completely
wild. Detroit also has some of the highest crime rates in the United States — in 2012
their murder rate was 53 per 100,000, ten times that of New York City. A 2012 Forbes
report named Detroit the most dangerous city in the United States for the fourth year in
a row. In 2010, Mayor Bing put forth a plan to bulldoze
one fourth of the city and concentrate the population into certain areas to improve the
delivery of essential city services. In February 2013 the Detroit Free Press reported the Mayor’s
plan to accelerate the program and desire for federal funding to tackle Detroit’s
problems in order to “right size the city’s resources to reflect its smaller population.” 7. Ivanovo, Russia This district capital and administrative center
of Ivanovo Oblast is in serious decline. Once a major textile center, the city attracted
women seeking work. This created a significant gender imbalance that gave it the nickname
“The City of Brides.” Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, 60%
of the population had to live on food they grew, a survival strategy known as the “dachma
movement.” Growing textile competition from China and other emerging economies also eroded
the economy. The combination of a low birthrate, high poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse,
high mortality rates, poor quality of dwellings, and “grey” businesses have all but destroyed
the once thriving city as its youth are leaving to seek an education and re-settle somewhere
with modern industry. 6. Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City began as the home of an ancient
empire and grew into one of the world’s largest cities, with more than 20 million
people living in this modern metropolis. It’s built on top of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan.
It was here where, in 1519, Cortes allegedly met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor. After conquering
the Aztecs, Cortes, in Spanish tradition, placed the square at the heart of the city,
surrounding it by buildings representing the church and the government. Yet the city, home
to Diego Rivera murals, cathedrals and palaces, is literally sinking. The problem is its base.
A dried lake bed makes a poor foundation. According to government officials, Mexico
City is sinking at a rate of four inches a year and has sunk 10 meters in the past sixty
years. So be prepared to walk carefully when you visit. 5. Banjul, Gambia The small West African nation of Gambia may
lose its capital due to a combination of the rising ocean and erosion. Banjul is at risk
of going underwater as sea levels rise by one meter as a result of climate change. Settlements
will be eroded, and over half of the country’s mangrove forests and a fifth of its rice fields
will be lost. The decrease in rice production would be disastrous, as would other environmental
changes including droughts, floods and storms. As tourist attractions and fisheries are located
in the coastal zones, the economy would be critically affected. The government is trying
to improve coastal defenses, but whether they can save the city and the coast is unknown. 4. Timbuktu, Mali When sand dunes advance on fertile land, desertification
is a problem. The city in southern Africa facing the greatest danger was a center of
Islamic education during the 15th and 16th centuries. Timbuktu is over over 1,000 years
old and is known for its tourist attractions, which include beautiful beaches with turquoise
reefs and many historical sights. Sadly, your grandchildren may have to find other exotic
locations to go snorkeling, as some parts are already half buried in sand despite several
projects to re-green the area. 3. Naples, Italy Naples is the magnificent capital of the Italian
region Campania and the third-largest municipality in the country. As of 2012, the population
was around 960,000 with an urban area of about 3.5 million, making it one of the largest
metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities
in the world, Naples’ historic city center is the largest in Europe and is listed by
UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Naples has long been a major cultural center
with a global sphere of influence, particularly during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras.
Visitors are treated to historically significant sites, including the Palace of Caserta and
the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Its nemesis has been the time-bomb, Mount
Vesuvius, located in the Bay of Naples. The volcano that destroyed Pompeii in 79 BC erupts
about every 100 years, with the last eruption coming in 1944. It’s expected to do its
damage once again in the mid-2000s, putting the city and half a million people in the
“red zone” if they’re not evacuated in time. 2. Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is in trouble. The city is sinking,
while sea levels are rising. Building foundations are being pushed into the muddy soil and underground
aquifers are being drained for drinking water. Rising sea levels are the real problem, though,
with estimates giving the city no more than a century until the streets become canals.
While scientists agree that the problem needs to be addressed they disagree on the best
solution, while the government doesn’t appear to be looking for any solution at all. The
city won’t flood overnight, but if you want to check out its awesome robot building it
may be better to go sooner rather than later. 1. Other American Cities in Jeopardy Rising seas and global warming have put U.S.
coastal cities at risk. Residents should consider either seeking higher ground or avoiding any
long-term investments. Since 1889, global sea levels have raised about eight inches,
and they’re still climbing. Rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging
floods from storm surges. One analysis found the odds of floods occurring by 2030 are on
track to double or worse. Nearly five million Americans live less than
four feet above high tide. In decades, New York City, New Orleans, Boston, Washington
D.C., and southeast Florida may be overcome by flood conditions made worse by climate
changes. Other cities that could be affected include Baltimore, Charleston, Houston, Galveston,
Los Angeles, Long Island, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Delaware, Portland, Providence, San Diego,
Savannah, Seattle, Tacoma, Virginia Beach and Norfolk. That pretty much just leaves
Kansas, but then you run into the tornado problem. And you’d have to live in Kansas.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Cities That Will Completely Disappear by 2100

  • TopTenz Post author

    I think the writer was referring to Mali Losinj –

  • M John Post author

    Who cares, we will all be dead by then.

  • Emily Malecki Post author

    hey Kansas isn't that bad…the tornadoes are only severe every like 20 years…and the weather is …nice… ah screw it, its horrible here!!!!!!!!! someone save me PLEASE

  • Tamer 1 Post author

    Bosh, piffle and balderdash!

  • Slab Panda Post author


  • edgar poinsot Post author

    !! Uuuuuuuuntil 2100 !! ¿ what kind of idylic world the guy was thinking we all are living just right now ?

  • Peter Ward Post author

    Sea level isnt rising more than a few mmls

  • The Ringmaster Hunsuck-O-Rama Post author

    As it turns out, it’s far more likely that the copious quantity of human “street excrement” & used needles will be the death nail in San Francisco’s coffin long before the earthquake…who knew?! ?

  • Terry Hogan Post author

    The narrator states on #5 – Banjul, that ‘the government are trying to improve coastal offences’. That should be ‘defences’ not ‘offences’ ! Offence comes from the word OFFEND – to cause annoyance or anger by a perceived disrespect or a breach of a rule or act.
    Defence comes from DEFEND – to protect against.
    Yet another person who doesn’t know their own language !

  • Chris Duitsman Post author

    Pompeii was destroyed in 79 CE, not 79 BCE.

  • Jessica 1986 Post author

    Well everyone we need to go visit some of these places soon

  • Clayton Masarjian Post author

    Pronounciation is wild

  • Charles Cosimano Post author

    We can only hope!

  • Martin Fano Post author

    I will have completely disappeared by 2100…so not really bothered…

  • Fleck Smugbrother Post author

    So fortunate to have visited Venice hundreds of times. Always wondered what they are going to do with all that splendid architecture. Scuba divers can't wait for it's submersion……


    As Maldives continues to gain acreage, do we still have to hear about global warming?

    It's getting old.

  • ann chiadram Post author

    Whats wrong with Bangkok??!!

  • J. P. Post author

    #1. Hey! What about Chicago? It’s the 3rd largest city in the US. It has world class restaurants, culture, night life. It even has beaches (granted Lake Michigan isn’t exactly the Pacific).

  • Blake Charman Post author


  • derdin8 Post author

    If you're going to knock living in Kansas, you should show a place in Kansas. The city shown starting at 09:40 is Kansas City, MISSOURI. The state of Kansas is to the west.

  • Johnny Daniels Post author

    WOW…what happened to Detroit??? OH right…..they allowed African Americans to run it. Enough said.

  • Johnny Daniels Post author

    No Japan???

  • Larry Quisno Post author

    If it gets rid of voodoo

  • San Bruno Beacon Post author

    During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco, I was in my office on the 33rd floor of the Shaklee building in San Francisco that is built on landfill. It was quite a ride. That earthquake had a magnitude of 6.9 with an epicenter about 70 miles South of San Francisco. I strongly believe that if an 8 or 9 magnitude earthquake takes place on the Hayward Fault, located approximately 14 miles East of San Francisco, the large areas of San Francisco built on landfill will sink and the damage to San Francisco's now mixed use retail, commercial, residential towers located in and around Mission Street and the South Beach area will be catastrophic. At some point in the next 100 -200 years or much sooner we will be faced with the possibility of San Francisco being a significantly smaller city or no city at all.

  • Josie Harden-Joyner Post author

    Aww man, I live in Houston

  • Gene Miller Post author

    Geologists considered New Orleans in the ocean domain even before Katrina. It is pretty much smack dab on the edge of the continental shelf and it will not take much for it to begin teetering.

  • Jake Meszaros Post author

    I think Detroit is completely screwed. It was built on the automobile industry book and since then I don’t think there’s anything’s anyone can /will do anything about it

  • ang Post author

    new orleans is a landmark in nederland and montevideo

  • D Post author

    Lol my anxiety would soar if I lived in San Francisco omg.

  • Luna Harp Post author

    I'm really surprised you didn't mention how New York is on it's way to literally imploding.

  • Noblemiss Post author

    Here is a somber thought.  The Yellowstone Caldera (Supervolcano) is hundreds of years overdue.  If she goes (and the ground level is rising at this moment indicating a build up of magma), 3/4 of the United States will be devastated, there will be a massive drop-off of plant life and animals, like cows and chickens.  Not only will this devastate the U.S. economy and make the place inhabitable, the rest of the earth is not safe either.  The ash will cover the globe and block out the sun for months and even years, causing a massive global extinction…..just food for thought…

  • Carl Finke Post author

    The area shown at the end of the video was called Kansas. But it was actually Kansas City, Missouri.

  • supergaytor Post author

    I am from bangkok. It's sad. I was hoping Vatican would be on the list too..

  • Gene Drakes Post author

    My life is gonna suck when I am 130 years old!

  • ragusajr100 Post author

    You can put up a flood gate, but the water goes somewhere, we can't just put up flood gates everywhere.

  • Cynthia Clark Post author

    It don't make a difference if he got some right or wrong because when YAHSHUA come back there's not going to be anything left any way.The world will be like Noah's Days.Only this time with FIRE.AND WE E DON'T WHEN THAT WILL BE.COULD BE RIGHT NOW TOMORROW ANY TIME.

  • Swaggmire215 Post author

    San Francisco needs to be nuked

  • Paddy Whack Post author

    Simon (?) the presenter: Please don't smile or grin when finished announcing about the cities about to disappear, unless that is a grimace… hard to tell, my man. But you looked almost gleeful, which makes me wonder where YOU live, sir. I would like for none of them to drown or disappear in other ways, but climate deniers seem to be holding sway at this point, despite the clear-and-present evidence. Almost makes one want to question the notion of 'evolution.'

  • Cassie Oz Post author

    The ads are getting worse, more intrusive ?

  • Kendall Foster Post author

    The picture of Kansas that you showed was Missouri.. just an FYI. Kansas City is in Missouri (and a tiny bit in Kansas.). Kansas the state was actually named after a city in Missouri, which was named after a local in Indian tribe. The Kanza Indians. Us white folk just spelled it wrong. Kansas City had many names before it even became Kansas City. Among the list are the City of Kanzas, Westport, and Rabbitville. Westport because it was the western most point on the Oregon trail, and Rabbitville because the city was basically established by fur traders. Imagine what Kansas’s name would be if Kansas City was never Incorporated.

  • confusedwhynot Post author


  • Steve Chapman Post author

    Hahaha! You can say this without fear. More than likely most people who are viewing this video won't be alive then.

  • William Plaud Post author

    1 is in trouble for one big reason:
    Idiots and old people run the country, who are paid off and are afraid of change like the plague.

  • Jason A. Savage Post author

    Hey, Kansas is awesome. And that was Kansas City, MISSOURI’s skyline.

  • Mark Marksanderson Post author

    You don't know the future

  • PeterJames Foote Post author

    They could move to Chicago or back to Detroit.

    Speaking of which. It’s my belief that Detroit is partially suffering from something that Chicago suffered in the 1970’s where the cost of building in the Suburbs was cheaper than rebuilding in the Inner City, but now, the suburbs are starting to suffer replacement costs on sewers, roads, etc that were all built at the same time and so building denser living in the Central core is now cheaper than or at least equal to suburban costs. Chicago is still losing population but the quality of life here has improved radically and it seems to be reversing the trends.

  • kelownarealman Post author

    Gm and dodge abandoned Detroit. Never buy there crap products. Ford is the only one still there.

  • Joan Willis Post author

    I believe Vesuvius erupted on Pompeii in 79 A.D. not B C.

  • TeaSis Post author

    Detroit will not disapeer, ever

  • Faith Rada Post author

    If all those coastal cities go under… Detroit may well start to look more promising. Just bulldoze and start over with all new technology.
    Any place that is high & dry will have great value.

  • Kevin Taubman Post author

    Poor Kansas 🙁

  • Brian Gibson Post author

    Timbuktu, Mali is in the middle of the desert, there are no beaches no snorkeling and have no tourist attractions. are you just stupid or are you lying for some other reason?

  • Matthew Cush Post author

    The photo of the palace at about 7:56 was actually taken in Caserta, about 20 miles from Naples.

  • Matthew Cush Post author

    The photo they show during the "You'd have to live in Kansas" was taken in Missouri (Kansas City, MO).

  • John McNally Post author

    Global warming is b*******. Weather manipulation is real. Wake the hell up people.

  • FurryFace Post author

    i'm wondering how much Knowledge your brain can really hold , lol

  • Frances Norred Post author

    OH. And you would have to live in Kansas….

  • Cary Craine Post author

    The city shown as being in Kansas is actually in Missouri!

  • Liason Lee Post author

    By 2030, most equatorial countries and states would be too hot to be habitable by humans and most animals.

    2040, with massive refugee crisis still resolving coming from the equatorial states, sea levels rise at incredible speed where some delta areas will be flooded.

    2050, while more and more inhospitable places from the equatorial areas slowly encroaching South and North, mass extinction of insects and animals started to show it's effect, famine and food shortages spreads everywhere, people are struggling to survive on food and water.

    2070, societies reach critical point of stability, riots and anarchy spreads everywhere, plagues are common in high population area, wars and conflicts are the only few ways to ease the mind of people.

    2080, dystopian future of massive government of oligarchs and cronies strive to control the public, making rationing and security a luxury for common folks.

    2100, nature eventually overwhelm the futile attempts of sustaining huge societies, what's remaining of humans are just pockets of survivors and tribes on desperate survival.

  • Lorie Goetz Post author

    No one is gonna be here to care lol

  • Paddy Whack Post author

    Jeezus, Simon, you don't have to do a flashy-tooth grin when you talk about cities sinking or being destroyed. However, you are informative, so there's that, eh wot?

  • Mark Lawson Post author

    So now I can't skip the ads for product's I don't need or want if I can't skip the ads then I will skip you

  • ardi Post author

    That's Kansas City, Missouri you showed at the end STUPID! NOT Kansas! Get your facts straight before you post with your funky azz British accent, doofus!

  • Jet Ski Post author

    Detroit Michigan because of its reputation

  • H. Lecture Post author

    I generally don't believe scientific predictions like this. In 1989 the UN predicted "Global Warming" would destroy us by 1999. Twenty years later and not only are we still here, but it's also "Climate Change" now. Dumb. As though changing climate is anything new. Come on now. Except for Detroit. That place is definitely doomed, but way before 2100.

  • tim jones Post author

    There is no sea level rise. Climate change is. BS

  • Good Dad Post author

    Simon stop shaving, you look like a cancer patient

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  • Joe Kriske Post author

    Kansas is the best! Manhattan KS will become the new Big Apple

  • Michael Pauly Post author

    If huge part America are underwater in 100 years, why would banks keep financing hotels on the Florida coast or keep investing in California? If that was really going to happen wouldn’t bankers invest their money differently?

  • Mike McGarrity Post author

    As we move into a "Normal" Cyclical Grand Solar Minimum and Glaciers start growiing across Northern Lattitudes as has happened often per Geologic Records, many large cities will be ground into bits. This may take another 10,000 years or so but it is starting now. Strap on.your Husky Dogs.

  • Laura Brus Post author

    Kansan here. Trust me. You do NOT want to live in Kansas. We all want out.

  • Dick The Dorkwing Post author

    Didn't take long for the "climate change" BS to rear it's ugly head.

  • Jenny Mider Foley Post author

    I'll just chill here in Cincinnati

  • Denise Caringer Post author

    Lots of errors. No, I don’t live in Kansas, but Kansas City, a sprawling metropolis in both Kansas and Missouri, is a nice city. The pic this guy showed is of the Missouri side, by the way.

  • Thomas Willingham Post author

    I vote San Francisco…its a dump

  • sean lowry Post author

    I lived in Kansas for 3 years and it is absolutely awful

  • Joe Dazey Post author

    You'd have to live in Kansas, lol!

  • Al Tay Post author

    Why U show the Bad parts of detroit there are way more beautyful parts of detroit! U Liar and the D is Building and back and have a lot going on

  • Samm Star Post author

    Wow these were all large historical cities. So much culture is going to be lost :/ we should work on under water living. Then we wouldn't have to go to mars when we cause the earth to flood lol

  • Z A Post author

    Propaganda videos made by the west get your facts right

  • Paslayas Post author

    Sink Trump Tower ?

  • noodengr3 three Post author

    Dubai sits at sea level yet shows no concern about rising sea levels.

  • Roland Go Post author

    These cities will still be around when all its inhabitants die.

  • Tarik Mehmedika Post author

    Wow how much younger he looks without a beard !

  • Taghi Wood Post author

    Oh I'm scared.

  • Fanndis Goldbraid Post author

    Climate Change is BS. But earthquakes are a real thing. San Fran is only a matter of time.

  • Peter B Post author

    I'd say there is a fair chance a lot of these cities will be around in 2100, yes Naples could get ruined by the volcano but it has the same chance of surviving as it has had previously when it has erupted. Some cities may have to change their geography and yes move certain landmarks and buildings to higher ground others may have to build defences but it comes down to economics and how much the history of the place means to the country. Maybe some cities sited in very stupid places should just move on mass to a more sustainable location.

  • Matt Butts Post author

    Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, not 79 BCE

  • Karen Yap Post author

    What a joke this world is!

  • Karen Yap Post author

    They had too much fun in their lifetime. Now is payback time.

  • john beaver Post author

    Mali is a landlocked country in the Sahara Desert, Get a map.

  • TJ Wilson Post author

    I hate ROBO-VOICES!

  • John Bowerman Post author

    At 1:32… Melanie Daniels gets whistled at before entering the pet store that Hitch exits. (not very important in comparison, I guess).

  • Meghan Wolstenholme Post author

    Pompeii happened in 79AD not BC

  • Tony Kaye Post author

    Timbuktu is not in southern Africa.

  • Eric Love Post author

    Im from kansas. You are rude

  • OrdinarMan BigLove dhlamb Post author

    Comments like Timbuktu Mali is landlocked, so I googled it. And it is lol…

  • paulevans1954 Post author

    Every problem facing our planet pales into insignificance against The Big One – THIRD WORLD OVERPOPULATION. If they continue to breed like bacteria, there is NO HOPE.

  • craig owensby Post author

    Jakarta, Indonesia should be in your list, or at least the northern half. Over 30 million in the metropolitan area, but probably on 10 million living in low lying areas. Jakarta is considering building a Dutch style sea wall to hold out the ocean, which colonial pedigree suits. Still, yearly flooding is significant even now, and the rise of sea levels is matched by sinking land, as the capital of Indonesia is built on a large marshy flood plain. Flooding throughout the city during rainy season is made worse by urban sprawl that leaves insufficient water catchments.

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