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The ‘Greek Island Project’ was actually a secret, gigantic nuclear bunker

Vaseline 3 months ago

What would have happened if the Cold War had really broken out? For everyone in Congress, the answer was a program known as Project Greek Island. What is it about?

Apart from the Soviet Union, which developed telepathic communications, the Cold War period was undoubtedly one of the most tense in history. Here is the construction of it a secret government fallout shelter, designed in the late 1950s to house every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the event of nuclear Armageddon. Believe it or not, that was the case for thirty years under the eyes of holidaymakers Americans, located in the Greenbrier hotel.

Thousands of people entered and left a secret bunker without knowing they were in a secret bunkerBob Conte, the official historian of the Greenbrier hotel since 1978, told NPR in 2011.

In everyday life, the hotel was the typical luxury resort where industrialists and various other ultra-rich vacationers lived. Behind the elegant upholstery there was a concrete fort: “A maze of rooms and corridors, with walls half a meter thick and reinforced with steel“, says Ted Gup.

Then the whole structure covered with a concrete roof and buried under 6.1 meters of earth. At each entrance cranes hung huge steel doors, as if giants inhabited the underground structure”, Gup himself stated. Now let’s imagine the “check-in” at this bizarre resort.

First, it would be necessary a journey of four or five hours from Washington DC to White Sulfur Springs, a small town about 250 miles (402 kilometers) southwest of the nation’s capital. Then you would be transported to the other side a colossal anti-explosion door 4.6 meters high, 3.7 meters wide and 49.5 centimeters thick. Final step: go through the decontamination showers.

Later, after the doors were closed every connection with the outside world would be severed. The bunker would already be equipped with enough food and water to sustain an entire group for about six months, with enough air for 72 hours. The ventilation system would then come into operation, filtering radiation and biological contaminants from outdoor and circulating air.

After showering, the clothes would be taken and thrown away; in return you get what Bill Geerhart, the Cold War history expert, called:bunker clothing”.

Each of the 18 dormitories contained 60 thin metal bunk beds and, Conte told NPR:everything they had There was a small drawer for private items that you could lock, just under the beds, where you can store your personal belongings. For thirty years, each of these 1,100 beds was assigned to someone“.

There were of course also several areas dedicated solely to the work environment. A television studio was includedfully equipped with a fake Capitol backdrop, to send broadcasts to any survivors.

After we saw that the US government is using AI for war simulations, we took a closer look this time an imposing nuclear bunker completely autonomous, capable of saving thousands of people.