With the world currently in the grip of an unprecedented pandemic, the reality that the unexpected can happen has never been more present. Every day the world becomes more aware of the importance of being prepared and protected, and though there is nothing to say a third World War would ever break out, there are some destinations that are prepared for nuclear warfare.
Though the American government has not built a series of bunkers, there are some in the country who have used their cash to prepare for the worst-case-scenario.
In 2008 a millionaire by the name of Larry Hall purchased a retired missile silo in Savannah, Georgia, and transformed it into an underground condo for the super-rich.
Metro reports that it is the only one of its kind in the whole of the USA.
The underground building is dubbed “survival condo” and according to its website “it offers individual ownership of a residential unit within a superstructure that offers the highest level of physical protection, redundant infrastructure for power, water, air, and food; as well as “shared or common” facilities for extended off-grid survival.” Mr Hall, the project manager and owner, says: “This project has the advantages of letting the members own a piece of history, the coolness of a missile base, the protection of a nuclear-hardened bunker, and the features of a luxury condo.”
A half-floor unit is priced at $1,500,000 (£1,210,477), meanwhile a full-floor suite goes for around $3,000,000 (£2,42,0955).
Not only is every hideaway suite kitted out with all of the amenities of a high-end apartment, the complex also boasts its own indoor pool, exercise facility, rock climbing wall, movie theatre, arcade and even a dog park.
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Hidden in the former Soviet state of Moldova are two bunkers which were discovered to lead to an entire underground city reportedly built for high ranking officers should a third World War break out.
Known to the British and US spies as “Object 1180” these two structures were built in 1985 – at the height of the Cold War.
Protected within the thick walls is a whole world beneath the ground, including shops, hospitals and a vast amount of supplies.
According to YouTube star Benjamin Rich, who frequently explores the region: “The Soviet Union built about four of these giant nuclear bunkers dotted around the former nation for the high command to hide in and command the forces should, what seemed like the inevitable, happen.
“They started construction in 1985, but as the Soviet Empire came to an end, there was no need for [them] anymore.”
Seven Silicon Valley billionaires were reported to have snapped up real estate in New Zealand last year should they ever have to flee the US during a global crisis.
The group built homes in the country complete with secret 150-tonne nuclear bunkers 13 feet below the ground.
The bunkers were built by Texas-based bunker manufacturer Rising S Company, whose ultimate underground hideaway labelled “The Aristocrat” comes in at a whopping £8.9million excluding the installation fee.
It has a capacity for more than 50 people in varying degrees of luxury and features bulletproof doors, a solar-generated charging system, a swimming pool, bowling lane and gun range, amongst other luxuries.
There are some countries, however, where private underground bunkers aren’t necessarily needed.
Albania is the country home to the most underground bunkers, with around half a million dotted throughout the nation according to the BBC.
These concrete structures were built during the uncertain years of the cold war, between the 1960s and 1980s under the communist government of Enver Hoxha.
There are currently 5.7 bunkers for every square kilometre of land, however, the good news is they never had to be used for their intended purpose.
Constructed from concrete, steel and iron, the bunkers range in size for one- or two-person pillboxes with space for weapons, to huge underground shelters used to hide away large groups of people.
In recent years, with little need for the bunkers, many have been transformed into restaurants and cafes.
However, some still remain, ready for locals to flee into should the worst become reality.
In the 1960s the Swiss government began to build an extensive network of fallout shelters, introducing a building regulation requiring nuclear shelters in residential buildings.
The Federal Law on the Protection of the Population and Civil Protection still requires that every inhabitant should have a place in a shelter close to where they live.
As of 2006, there are reportedly about 300,000 shelters built in private homes, institutions and hospitals plus an additional 5,100 public shelters for a total of 8.6 million places.
The government also maintained large communal shelters, such as the world’s largest civilian shelter the Sonnenberg Tunnel, stocking them with food and fuel until 2006.
Published at Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:28:00 +0000