Hacking the nuclear apocalypse: Inside the 15-floor doomsday bunker that goes 200 feet underground, engineered to withstand a 10 kiloton nuclear warhead
2020 was one of the worst years in recent history. So far, at least 4.27 million people worldwide have died from the deadly coronavirus. But while the pandemic and vaccines are dominating headlines around the world, a cold war is brewing between China and the United States.
Unlike World War 2 when the United States was the only global superpower to ever use the atomic bomb, today the situation is far more sobering with countries like North Korea, Russia, the US, the UK, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, and China all in possession of nuclear weapons. Many are concerned that a potential war between the two global giants could lead to World World 3.
One of the most concerned groups is the super-rich. Over the past five years, millionaires and billionaires have been mapping out survival plans and buying secret underground bunkers in the event of nuclear war. World War 3 is not the only thing keeping the global elites awake at night. Late last year, for example, China released a video showing a nuclear-capable H-6 bomber with a simulated attack on a U.S. base in Guam.
So the question is: Are you prepared for doomsday? If not, you’re not alone. However, the super-rich will not only survive the apocalypse but also live on in luxury while the rest of the world burns to ashes and wait out a nuclear winter inside luxurious underground bunkers. A group of investors in Kansas to convert an Atlas ICBM missile silo into a 15-story underground bunker.
Called Survival Condo, the luxury survival condo project was started by the owner Laurence “Larry” A. Hall Jr. He purchased the Raven Ridge Atlas missile silo at Raven Ridge near Concordia, Kansas in 2008 for $300,000. Though the exact location is top-secret, Hall said it’s situated north of Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by rolling hills and farmland.
The condo is 197 feet (60 m) in depth, which he built into a 15-floor bunker complete with tilapia aquaponics facility, vegetable gardens, mini grocery store, swimming pool, theater, library, gym, sauna, and steam room, jail cell, climbing wall, bar, three years of stockpiled food, and 12 condo units for up to 75 people. The development was completed by 2012 at a cost of $20 million.
As for recreation, Survival Condo also comes with a swimming pool that stretches 75 feet and includes a water slide.
CNET‘s Claire Reilly recently got an exclusive look at just how lavish this kind of apocalyptic lifestyle could be — if you can afford it, that is. Enjoy the video.