In the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl, an enormous arch is being constructed as part of the clean-up of the explosion site recorded as the largest non-military nuclear disaster in history. The structure will cost 1.5 billion dollars, span a length of 800 feet, and will weigh nearly 20 million pounds.
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This is not the first amazing building to come from something horrific. Superstructures are often sparked by disaster, or at least the threat of disaster. Military planning and apocalypse-hiding are extreme activities that produce extreme technology and buildings.
Even though December 2012 didn't mark the end of the world, meteors, zombies, geopolitical tensions, and global warming are still very much on the table as threats to our daily existence. Here are our choices for where to hide in the event of the apocalypse:
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Greenbriar Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV
This resort and golf club is a getaway for Washington, D.C. vacationers, but it also has a huge bunker underneath that was a "top secret government relocation facility for Congress." Located in the hills of West Virginia, it definitely won't be easy for zombies to find.
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Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
FIT, on the westside of Manhattan, has relatively few windows and is made of concrete, offering protection from whatever nature or the terrorists can throw at you. Plus, its a fashion school, so no one would really think to look for you there.
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The Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
If you are lucky enough to get in, these are possibly the thickest walls in the world. Just be careful of booby traps on the way down.
Željava Air Base, Bihać, Bosnia
Built to withstand nuclear blasts as big as the one in Nagasaki, this underground structure is military-grade fortified. It was once used as an airbase, but is now a ruin, and the surrounding area is littered with mines and bombs, so it would be difficult to come at you by ground.
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Bloomfield Lodge, Queensland, Australia
Located in the outer reaches of Australia's Far North Queensland region, this hotel is very difficult to access. It is in the middle of a rainforest, so there will be plenty to eat.
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FEMA National Emergency Coordinating Center, Mount Weather, Virginia
This is one of many government bunkers, but its remote location makes it prime for hiding from whoever is coming for you, and its high elevation means it won't flood.
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Yukon Hotel, Dawson City, Yukon
The Yukon is another place rural enough to evade people who want to steal your food, but also rich in natural resources. This quaint little hotel should make an excellent hideout.
Svalbard Seed Vault, Longyearbyen, Norway
Designed to keep all the seeds in the world safe after an apocalypse, this place could probably protect a human. It's underground and fortified in a remote location, and obviously, you would have access to all the seeds in the world.