Where would you go in the event of WWIII breaking out? Here we take a look at four of the safest places on earth that could provide a safe haven in the event of a nuclear war
With the threat of nuclear war from Russia, missile strikes in the Middle East and the unprecedented rise of China on the world stage, many people fear World War Three is not too far away.
In the UK, defence secretary Grant Shapps said Brits should be “prepared to defend out nation whenever the call comes” in a chilling speech – and pointed out international relations have entered “a new era”. And Ben Wallace said the UK will be “at war by 2030” in an interview last year.
But where would you go in the event of WWIII breaking out? Here we take a look at four of the safest places on earth that could provide a safe haven in the event of a nuclear war.
Wood Norton, Worcestershire
With only a small radio mast and a security barrier in sight, Wood Norton is actually the gateway to a huge network of tunnels running deep in the Worcestershire forest. The bunker was originally bought by the BBC at the start of World War II, to serve as a hidden base for the broadcaster if London was subjected to a major crisis.
These days, Wood Norton is used as a training base for sound engineers and technical staff at the broadcasting company, report Gloucestershire Live. The bunker also has a mast which would continue broadcasting messages from the BBC if the UK were ever to go into crisis mode.
Also referred to as PAWN, Protected Area Wood Norton, the site is hidden deep in the Worcestershire hillside, boasting several storeys of architecture underground. And the facility is reportedly able to house up 90 BBC staff and also boasts a ping-pong table.
Raven Rock Mountain Complex, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Raven Rock Mountain Complex has maintained an air of mystique ever since they began building the facility in 1948. Dubbed ‘Harry’s Hole’ after President Truman, who gave the project the go-ahead, the Pennsylvanian facility first opened its doors in 1953.
It was constructed with the intention of being a “centrepiece of a large emergency hub” and boasts 100,000 feet of office space, and is big enough to hold up to 1,400 people. The base also has two 1,000 foot-long tunnels as well as 34-ton blast doors to help reduce the impact of a possible bomb attack.
Peters Mountain, Virginia
High up in the US Appalachian mountains in Virginia lies a base dubbed Peters Mountain, which currently functions as a communications station for mobile provider AT&T. When you spot the sight you can even see an AT&T logo painted on a helicopter landing pad. But it also serves as one of several secret centres also known as AT&T project offices, according to The New York Post.
These facilities are essential for the US government’s continuity planning. The centre tucked away in Appalachia has the ability to house a few hundred people. And if an attack on Washington were to occur, it would potentially be used as a relocation site for intelligence agencies.
Cheyenne Mountain Complex – NORAD
The Cheyenne Mountain Complex, located in El Paso County, Colorado, is a defence bunker for the United States Space Force. It is also better known as the headquarters for NORAD, (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and the site was constructed in the 1950 in response to Cold War paranoia.
The extraordinary bunker holds five chambers, all equipped with fuel and water reservoirs – and in one section they reportedly even have an underground lake. In the midst of a crisis, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex can hold up to 1,000 people a month.
The facility, which costs an eye-watering $250-million a year to run, was on the brink of closure prior to 9/11. And, although it was briefly put on standby mode in 2006, the Obama administration opted to breath a new lease of life into the base.