5 BUILDINGS THAT COULD PROBABLY PROTECT YOU FROM AN APOCALYPSE
It’s 2014 and we’ve already survived what, two apocalypses? Remember how everyone said the world was going to end once the year 2000 came? Well, guess what didn’t happen. And twelve years later, the Mayan calendar had us all going nuts because now we’re going down… but guess what. Yeah. Congratulations, we’re still here!
So, were those two supposed apocalypses just rubbish, or should we take that as a warning? Maybe the third one’s going to be when things get real—only we don’t know it yet.
Don’t worry, though. I’m not taunting fate, and neither am I here to make you change your mind on apocalyptic theories and turn you into some paranoid. I’m here to give you some advice—you know, just in case. Here are 5 buildings that could protect you from whatever Mother Nature or… whoever throws at humanity. If you can get inside, that is.
5. Svalbard Seed Vault
Buried under the ice in a remote Norwegian island lies the Svalbard Seed Vault. And just how its name suggests, it is a vault to store seeds. In a worst-case scenario that would take the human race near extinction levels, the Seed Vault would have every necessary crop to reboot civilization. Electric cooling units, fans and of course the arctic permafrost guarantee a constant zero-degree temperature for optimal conservation. On top of that, it’s virtually impervious to disaster. No earthquakes, no nuclear bombs, not the most drastic climate change, and obviously no kind of human sabotage will cause any harm. Zombies are unlikely to enter, either. Sounds great, right?
4. Bahnhof’s Underground Data Center
Under the streets of Stockholm, we find this nuclear bunker, protected by a 45cm thick steel door. What’s so special about this one is that it’s owned by the Swedish internet provider Bahnhof, famous for hosting the servers for WikiLeaks. Yes, this is where Julian Assange has his most important computers. Powered by back-up generators, it will be able to run for weeks. If WikiLeaks is safe there, you will be, too.
3. Area 51
Also known by Groom Lake, Dreamland or Paradise Ranch, the mysteries surrounding Area 51 are not few. Whether it’s really aliens or advanced and experimental aircraft and other classified projects the US government has ongoing, this secret military base is one of the most secure places on Earth. No one knows what’s really happening except those who work there, and no one can get in except those who work there. So… if you happen to work there, congratulations!
2. Cheyenne Mountain
Here we find the command center and the control, communication and intelligence centre for both the US Space Command missions and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Sounds important, is important. The facility was built during the Cold War and has doors that weigh 25 tons each. It’s said to be sturdy enough to withstand a nuclear bomb. In fact, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki would have to explode 1,429 times to crack the entrance. If that doesn’t reassure you, I don’t know what will.
1. Fort Knox
Behind electric fences, armed sentinels, countless video cameras, 1.2m thick granite walls reinforced with 750 tons of steel and more armed guards is a 22-ton vault door. Well, behind that vault door are stored at least 5000 tons of gold, about 2% of all gold ever. Welcome to Fort Knox, where no one knows the full combination to the vault door—understandably enough. I think we can all agree that in case of a disaster, Fort Knox is the place to hide—and later, when all is over, you’ll have lots of gold for… I don’t know, rebuilding civilization, maybe?
If this hasn’t been helpful enough, you might want to tune in to Building Invincible, premiering in October on NatGeo and find out everything about how humanity withstands the will of Mother Nature.