Nuclear winter better known as the atomic winter is a theoretical climatic effect of nuclear war. It is hypothesized that exploding large numbers of nuclear weapons has a weighty and severe effect on the climate and results in cold winter weather and reduced sunlight for a period of months or even years, especially inflammable targets such as cities, where large amounts of smoke and dirt would be expelled into the Earth’s stratosphere.
Background Info: During the Cold War a nuclear exchange between the two superpowers—the United States and the former Soviet Union—was projected to result in a “nuclear winter.”
In the worst case scenario, hundreds of nuclear explosions spark huge fires, whose smoke, dust, and ash blot out the sun for weeks amongst a milieu of perilous radiation levels. Much of humanity ultimately would dies of starvation and disease.
Today, with the United States the only standing superpower, nuclear winter is little more than a nightmare that it saw during the Cold War. A nuclear war remains a very real threat—for between developing-world nuclear powers, including Indian and Pakistan and between newly developing countries like Iran and the United States,
To test the effects of nuclear fallout, scientists from NASA and other institutions modeled a war involving a hundred Hiroshima-level bombs, each packing the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT. Researchers forecast horrifying resulting, including fires which would kick up roughly five million metric tons of black carbon into the upper part of the troposphere – the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.
This top 10 list examines 10 places to escape to in case there is a nuclear winter.
1. Pitcairn Islands, Madagascar:
Madagascar Islands are a great escape for pathogenic disasters. There are no airports or seaports and is removed enough to survive just about any apocalypse. There is an added bonus: fertile lands, bananas, papayas, breadfruit and sweet potato are plentiful and edible fish are abound. The population right now is just at 50 people.
If you are a history major, you would remember reading about Hitler analyzing and weighing the Madagascar Plan, which sought to send Jews to Madagascar.
2. Moscow, Russia:
The Underground Command Post. Built in 1951, this very secret bunker served as the main artery for communication for the Soviet Union in the event of a nuclear war with the United States. It was built to survive direct hits and ensure that normal telecommunications in the worst case scenario is still active.
It’s so well cloaked that anyone can pass by this building many times and would never guess that such a place exists. Upon entry you are issued an id with a picture of yourself in a gas mask. This is just the beginning. You pass by an incredible 6 ton concrete door which slide open to reveal a small set of stairs, which go down. And down. And down further there is the Command Post.
3. Bugarach, France:
If the legend is true and the southern French town of Bugarach is the only place to hide then by all means go there to save yourselves. Conspiracy theorists believe that the upside down mountain offers protection against end of the world. You never know what will happen, especially after the failed doomsday theories.
4. Mt. Rtanj, Serbia:
This is supposedly the place to be according to some cult weirdoes. A local legend has it that the mountain once swallowed an evil sorcerer who was supposed to be released on doomsday in a ball of fire. This makes it one of the ideal locations for cult weirdos to survive a nuclear winter.
5. Svalbard, Norway:
If there were to be a Nuclear War, you may want to hang out near Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago. The plant life was designed to be protected from a global catastrophe. You may, however, want to start with plants that are native to Svalbard.