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

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

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

Leaving aside the USSR which developed telepathic communication, the Cold War period was without a doubt one of the most tense in history. Here is the construction of a secret government bomb 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, for thirty years it was under the eyes of holidaymakers Americans, located inside the Greenbrier hotel.

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

In everyday life, the hotel was the typical luxury resort that hosted industrialists and various other ultra-rich vacationers. Behind the elegant covering a concrete fortress stood: “A maze of rooms and corridors, with walls that were half a meter thick and reinforced with steel“, stated Ted Gup.

Subsequently the entire structure was 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”, declared Gup himself. Now let’s try to imagine the “check-in” inside this bizarre resort.

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

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Later, after the doors 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 6 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 disposed of; in exchange, you will be given what Bill Geerhart, the Cold War history expert, called “bunkerwear”.

Each of the 18 dormitories contained 60 thin metal bunk beds and, Conte told NPR, “everything they had for private objects that you could lock there was a small drawer, right under the beds, where you could put your personal items. For 30 years each of these 1,100 beds was assigned to someone“.

There were, obviously, also several areas dedicated exclusively to the working environment. A television studio was includedfully equipped with a fake Capitol backdrop, to transmit transmissions to any survivors.

After seeing that the American government uses AI for war simulations, this time we took a closer look an imposing nuclear bunker perfectly autonomous, capable of saving thousands of people.

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