10 Impressive Doomsday Bunkers

Apocalypse 2012WW3 is breaking out, the nuclear bombs are going off, where would you go? You may not know, but powerful individuals around the world have a plan in case of such event, and it doesn’t include you. In an EOTW scenario, mega-bunkers have been quietly built for the last 60 years, ensuring that world leaders and government structures will continue, no matter what.

There are so many underground bunkers we could explore, but we chose to focus on the largest and most significant underground facilities that we know of. Most underground bunkers that become public end up being abandoned, so most if not all of these locations won’t be the primary bunkers for government leaders when the SHTF. But we can at least get an idea of the size, precision and vastness of these subterranean cities and the networks that connect them. Let’s take a look a look at 10 very impressive doomsday bunkers.

1. Mount Weather

mount weather - aerial view

Mount Weather, also known as the “Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center” is described as a civilian command facility in the heart of Virginia. It is also used as the center of operations for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). This site is known to be a major relocation site, which would serve as one primary location for the Continuity of Operations Plan. If the President or FEMA were to make an announcement over the Emergency Alert System, it would likely come from here.

Interesting Fact
This location was discovered when TWA Flight 514, crashed into Mount Weath on Dec. 1st 1974.


2. Cheyenne Mountain

cheyenne mountain complex - North Portal

The famed Cheyenne Mountain Complex has been the subject of much curiosity. It is located close to Colorado Springs, Colorado and situated deep in 2000 feet of granite. This facility was designed to withstand a 5 megaton nuclear explosion up to 1.7 miles away.

norad door

Commissioned at the height of the Cold War, Cheyenne Mountain became one of the nations largest underground facilities and became headquarters for NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) in 1966, as well as U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Air Force Space Command and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) in later years.

This facility was at one time critical to to aerospace warning and control during missile or air attacks against North America. While still in use as an alternate command facility, it is likely that since this complex is so well known it will no longer be used in a significant way in the future.

Interesting Fact
Cheyenne Mountain is commonly seen in fiction, seen in such works as Terminator 3, War Games, Stargate and Jeremiah (tv series).


3. Raven Rock Mountain Complex

Raven Rock Mountain Complex

Raven Rock’s construction began in 1950, when President Harry S. Truman approved the construction of this facility. It was meant for use as a relocation site for the pentagon staff (up to 3000 people). Over 1.5 million cubic yards of granite rock were blasted out during the construction period of only 10 months. There were five, 3 story buildings originally built in the complex. The complex has roughly 700,000 square feet of usable space.

raven rock logo
Located along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, the Raven Rock Mountain Complex is full is interesting amenities. While it started with very simple facilities it now includes: several underground reservoirs, a high-tech ventilation system, fire department, dental clinic, medical clinic, dining facility, post office, snack bar, dormitories, chapel, barber shop, fitness center and even, you guessed it, a Starbucks.

Interesting Fact
Raven Rock is shown the video game “Fallout 3″ as being the east-coast headquarters for a fragmented government group know as “the enclave”. It is also the location of a self-aware super computer known as “ZAX”.


4. Moscow Metro – Underground Cities and Rail Lines

moscow metro bunker

Unknown to most traveling the subways of Moscow, there is something more down there than just a basic transit system. There is a large subterranean system of secrets trains and bunkers beneath Moscow, most of which was built by Stalin during the Cold war (code named D-6). What we know about this facility is very little, mostly because there are few (if any) first hand accounts of a secret metro’s existence. Interestingly, in 1991 the United States Department of Defense released a report saying this:

“The Soviets have constructed deep-underground both in urban Moscow and outside the city. These facilities are interconnected by a network of deep interconnected subway lines that provide a quick and secure means of evacuation for the leadership. The leadership can move from their peacetime offices through concealed entryways in protective quarters beneath the city. There are important deep-underground command posts in the Moscow area, one located at the Kremlin. Soviet press has noted the presence of an enormous underground leadership bunker adjacent to Moscow State University. These facilities are intended for the national command authority in wartime. They are estimated to be 200-300 meters deep, and can accommodate an estimated 10,000 people. A special subway line runs from some points in Moscow and possibly to the VIP terminal at Vnukovo Airfield(…)”

—Military forces in transition, 1991, p. 40

“Underground City” in Ramenki

Near Moscow State University, in the Ramenki district, there is a series of complex underground buildings. These facilities could supposedly hold up to 15,000 people, which is an unheard of amount of people compared to most government bunkers. They could also maintain this system for up to 30 years, which is again very unprecedented.

Interesting Fact
The Underground City is referred to as “Ramenki-43″ by the general public. 43 is thought to be the address of one of the facility entrances.


5. Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain  - Entrance

This facility, while not officially recognized as a survival bunker, could easily be viewed as one. Taking up 10,000 square feet of space in a 1,000 acre limestone mine, the Iron Mountain storage facility is massive and rumored to be one of the most secure locations in the world. Records were stored here as early as 1954 but in 1998 a private company called Iron Mountain Incorporated purchased the old mine.

corbis inside mountainToday everything from social security records to bill gates private collection is stored here. All of the most important records will be stored in the refrigerated archive at a cool -4 degrees. Records stored in this way could be preserved for thousands of years.

There is speculation that this facility would double over as a relocation center for Americas private industry moguls. The mine includes a 5 engine fire department, power generators, de-humidification, refrigeration and air filtration systems, an underground lake with water purification, as well as high tech sprinklers, plumbing and wiring throughout.

Iron Mountain - Truck

Interesting Fact
Despite it’s sterling reputation, Iron Mountain has lost records on 3 occasions. Over a million records have been lost between the 3 accidents.


6. The Green­brier Bunker

Greenbrier bunker

The Greenbrier bunker demonstrates the fact that not all bunkers are located in conspicious locations. Back in 1958 the United States government agreed to build the luxury hotel a brand new addition, in exchange they were also allowed to build a 120,000 square foot bunker beneath it.

The Greenbrier in Virginia, a mere 5-6 hour drive from Washington D.C., was a popular vacation destination for Washingtons elite. This location was at one time the destination for members of Congress, the Senate and their respective staff (up to 1100). This would mean that under the Continuity of Government plan, this location would have become the house and the senate. Codenamed “Project Greek Island”, the bunker was filled with survival necessities. It included; 53 rooms, a 7500 square foot kitchen with 2 months of food, 18 dormitories which could sleep 60 people (each with toilets, shower and a small lounge), a 600 square foot medical clinic with 12 beds and an intensive care and operation room and all the radio and communications equipment needed to send messages to “survivors”.

Interesting Fact
This facility was completely secret until Ted Gup of the Washington Post exposed it in 1992. It was immediately decommissioned after this.


7. Burling­ton Bunker

burlington map

100 feet beneath the surface or Corsham, exists a 35 acre cold war city known as the Burlington Bunker. Code named “Burlington”, the British government built this site in 1950 in case of nuclear strike and was intended to be the Emergency Government War Headquarters. The shelter was designed to accommodate 6,000 people for up to 3 months. And with the underground lake and water treatment facility, it is possible that people could live here much longer than that. You will see all the typically bunker equipment here, everything from an underground power station to communications equipment and even the second largest telephone exchange in Britain. The BBC would’ve broadcast emergency messages from this location.

The site was decommissioned in 2005.

burlington entrance
burlington bbc broadcast area
burlington escalator
burlington bunker
burlington tele exchange
burlington tunnel
burlington old phone


8. The Shanghai Complex

shanghai motorway

Very little is known about this complex, but what is known is significant. In 2006 The Shanghai Morning Post announced the completion of a million square foot bunker capable of housing up to 200,000 people. This is the largest capacity for a bunker we have ever heard. This shelter was designed to withstand blast, nuclear radiation and poisionous gas emissions.

According to Shanghai Morning Post, 15 tunnels, each of which stretches 4,000 meters, link more than 10 trading centers, office buildings, and residential buildings throughout the city. The complex is equipped with its own power supply, ventilation, and power storage capability, which is able to ensure a daily underground supply for 1–2 weeks. The shelter is also well connected to ground-level railway transportation from southern Xingzhuang region to northern Baoshan, providing flexibility to those seeking refuge from disasters. During non-emergencies, portions of the underground bunker could potentially be used as a commercial garage or storehouse.

Official news stories don’t give any official explanation as to the purpose of this facility, but it seems fairly clear.

Interesting Fact
With inflation and wage pressures also mounting, a growing number of investors are starting to question the long-term sustainability of China’s investment-heavy growth model. A survey of global investors by Bloomberg last week found that 45pc of them expect a financial crisis in China within the next five years, with another 40pc anticipating a crisis after 2016.


9. Denver International Airport

denver international airport - blue mustang

Denver International Airport is one of the nations largest and busiest new airports. At over 53 square miles, the Denver International Airport is the largest international airport in the United States and the third in the world.

While there is no physical proof of a bunker at this location, there is a lot of tertiary evidence to support the claim. Some interesting facts about DIA that may support this conclusion are:

  • The budget far exceeded original projections (original budget was 1.7 billion and ended up costing 4.8 billion)
  • There is a large network of subterranean tunnels here, used for an “automated baggage system”. When the system failed miserably, they spent 1 million dollars per day for several months worth to repair it. Eventually in 2005, the airport abandoned this automated system all together to save 1 million per month of maintenance costs.
  • The airport has extensive alternative energy systems, uncharacteristic of the modern airport.
  • There are many very important military installations nearby including: Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD, Peterson AFB, United States Space Command, Air defense mission, United States Northern Command and dozens of major business headquarters
  • Some famous people who live or have purchased homes in Colorado are: Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes, Oprah Winfrey, Oliver Stone, Richard Holbrooke, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., Prince Bandar (wealthy Saudi Prince), Michael Eisner, David & Victoria Beckham, Condoleeza Rice
  • Significant quantities of earth (110 million cubic yards) have been removed from the site, far more than is traditionally necessary
  • 5 buildings were built incorrectly and new buildings were placed on top of them
  • Granite was imported from all over the world for the airport
  • The fueling system can pump 1000 gallons of jet fuel per minute, which is far more than any commercial airport could need
  • There around 5300 miles of fiber optics installed (the United States coast to coast is 3000 miles)

Denver Airport

Interesting Fact
During early phases of construction, 5 buildings were built and then deemed to have been built improperly. These buildings weren’t torn down but instead new buildings were built over them.

Is there something there, you decide.


10. Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault - main entrance

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located in the remote arctic of Norway, only 810 miles away from the North Pole. Created through a joint effort, the seed vault is designed to be a sort of Noah’s Ark for humanity. This facility stores seeds from as many varieties of plants as possible, in case they were all wiped out during a major catastrophe. The original cooperative between the Norwegian government, the the Nordic Genetic Resource Center and Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) gained the initial push needed to build the vault. Additional funding to the tune of 9 million was received from The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Brazil, Australia, Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden, India, Columbia and even Ethiopia for construction.

Svalbard vault mountain - cutaway


Additional Resources

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39 Responses

  1. anthony salas

    im a 17 year old teenager who has had dreams to live a successful life and join the army rangers, retire after 25 years of service and go to college for ancient research. it sucks knowing these things are happening, i know there WILL be a solar flare this year…. i dont know whether it will be destructive or not but i have bin to colorado international airport and saw everything with the mural and freemason's… i cant really sit here and do much about it tho but to just pray for safety in both my family and my future….

    • derp

      they cant predict a solar flare, that's like predicting a year in advance a thunderstorm in your neighborhood they are making an educated guess, a guess. if it were gambling, their odds wouldn't be very good at all

    • Anthony

      not sure if your aware of this but solar flares are always "hitting the earths atmosphere. the whole doomsday thing is such a crock and in my personal opinion nothing to worry about. all these speculation about this doomsday scare is based on the information that was scribed on the aztec calender as 2012 being the end of the world when it really means the end of an era, and then we go into a new era. the calender didnt go any further that 2012 and thats when all this scare went into the minds of the weak people. youre gonna be fine, just keep the faith. you say you pray so you must be a warrior for christ and thats a major plus. with that said, let me just add, no one but christ himself knows when the end will come, but if you follow the word of lord and are a true believer in christ then you will have no reason to fear.

      • Bryan

        You mean "Mayan" calendar. I do believe that their calendar is misinterpreted, though. This isn't the only thing that propagates, if you like, the idea of an apocalypse. DaVinci's prophecies along with predictions straight from the Holy Bible also entice people to belief in a pending apocalypse. However, all of these prophecies/predictions can simple be misinterpretations as well.

    • oni

      anthony,i know it seems allis lost,im wondering id this is your true hearts desire and God has called you to it,then perhaps puruing it anyway is fruitfull. we can never know his plans for us until we walk it out and the Holy Spirit will guide and reveal. please be encouraged and smart brother.

    • o gibson

      young man all life on earth is temporary your first move should be to follow instructions in the holy bible and prepare your forever life..good luck to you and i wish you a happy life now and here after!

  2. jimbo

    So now we know why the country is in so much debt. The government is taking our tax money to build elaborate bunkers for themselves. And leaving us outside to suffer. Thats how much our government cares about its people. They are all selfish and worthless to the american people.

    • friend of the earth

      Ezekiel 33:27 NAS
      "Thus you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "As I live, surely those who are in the waste places will fall by the sword, and whoever is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and in the caves will die of pestilence.

    • LiLy Pierre

      It's not the bunkers or all the banks and housing bubble… It's paying for all the illegals and they don't all come from South American countries. I work in a place where I see them come in a lie to our officials.. and get tax payer handouts… THEY come from all over the world. See how much we are forced to pay for them at : IMMIGRATIONCOUNTERS.COM

  3. jakepi

    Let them place every cnceivable type of resource imaginable inside these federal bunkers and let the so called nations elite find a place in each of them. When the economy collapses the public will experience food riots and they will find each of them and they will cover the fresh air intakes of each of them, then the occupants will come out of their own accord gasping for their next breath of fresh air and each of them will face the street justice from those that were left outside to fend for themselves. After that you can have a lifetimes supply of all of the necessities and then some!


      If the elite have the money to build these crazy bunkers, dont you think they will be well protected/hidden?

      Goodluck getting around the security messures that are in place. If you can even get to the place.

      ID 10 T error……

  4. Denny Peterson

    Doomsday Bunkers…Dumb, Dumb, Dumb If I wanted the food that was in Bunker, All I would do is cut off their air suppy and they would come running out like crazy. No matter what size Bunker there is always a easy way to stop their air supply (From foam spray to plactic sheets). I have came up with the only way to stop the food seekers and Im not going to share

  5. Rama K

    I live on an island far from the nuclear first strike hotspots and am about to start construction on an underground bunker for myself, my wife and 2 boys. I will not be seeking planning permission, I will be calling the rather large hole that people ask about a swimming pool in the hope that people really are that stupid. I will then build my domed house over it so as to disguise the fact that i have just concreted over my swimming pool. I think that paranoia is starting to take hold. Wish me luck for the future. Oh and lets not forget that the alien lifeforms might just be waiting for us to wipe ourselves out because afterall occupying abandoned property is so much easier.

    • aGeologist

      You realize a dome structure is way more likely to fail in the event of an earthquake, right?

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  7. Lorne

    ok so this is an idea. say your make yourself an underground bunker with an air vent what happens if a tropical storm or alot of water comes in? the bunker gets flooded right. so build a gutter system right below the vent and have it lead to a water tank to recycle it or put heating prods in that room to burn up the water but be warned it will raise the humidty in the bunker and too much can kill someone so you'll have to be able to vent out the humidity if not game over. just a big tip all gases go up and hydrajon is a gas. dont use a dehumidifyer to do it that will just turn the gas back into water if you do make the vent for the water tank just make sure its a 1 way vent because other things can fall in and clog it if you also at the top of the vent put a space and then a triangular like roof over it so debris doesent keep the vent from working THIS AN IDEA FOR ALL UNDERGROUND DOOMSDAY PREPS (if you like this idea send me an email at )(ghostslayer4@yahoo.com)

    • Genius

      You can't imagine a design for an air vent that would keep water out while letting air in? Because as we all know, houses with chimneys flood every time there is a storm.

  8. Jon

    I am so impressed I started reading and could stop. Cool Spot You Got Here Home made bunker right now live feed on YOUTUBE Bridgeboy513 lmao

  9. oni

    excellent site,thank you. Many things come to mind:1. there 25 yrs ahead of us in all ways,so were kinda like thunderdome movie with tina turner. 2. are taxes paid for all of it,so technically is ours(hint). 3. its at the door,so lobbying isnt the answer and evil isnt going negotiate,know what i mean? st.john 3:3king james bible

  10. Isaac

    cool info. Not sure why everyone had to go religious about it. I'm pretty sure no one here has any miss conceived ideas in regards to out mortality. One interesting fact about the Denver airport is , all the fences are topped with barbed-wire and lean inward to the tarmac and buildings instead of outward. Almost as it was designed to keep people in as apposed to out.

  11. kotly gazowe

    Wow, wonderful blog structure! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you made running a blog look easy. The whole glance of your site is great, let alone the content!

  12. Rational Justin

    Bunkers are a nice idea, but they are only a viable option in certain situations. If you are under fire and the enemy is determined to kill you, they are going to be able to wait you out, or drill into the bunker and flood it or douse it with gasoline.

    My preference would be to be mobile and have a few different escape plans no matter where I am.

  13. guest

    I have no doubt that bunkers are being built by the rich. I think it's why they manipulated all the financial markets to transfer such enormous amounts of money from the majority to the top 1%. But I believe it's because they know ecological collapse is near. As a biologist, I pay a great deal of attention to latest scientific reports on rate of climate change, methane emissions, loss of biodiversity, dropping crop yields, totally unsustainable use of earth's natural resources, etc. With the corporations in control, there is very little chance our societies will make the changes necessary to prevent total collapse of our biosphere. The rich think they can sit in their bunkers and wait until the majority of the human population dies off and the earth becomes viable again. But it could be a very, very long time (if ever) that the planet would again be suitable for our species.

  14. Orlando

    The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is truly incredible. I would love to see that in person. (minus the nuclear explosion)

  15. Jack Simon

    Truly incredible, but nothing compared to the Secret Underground Hanging Gardens Of New Babylon, vast caverns complete with natural springs, state-of-the-art air filtration, controlled nuclear fusion mini Sun, fields of genetically modified crops and cloned farm animals for food. The entrance it is said is located near Kakebeka Falls in Ontario Canada. Designed for the ruling elite to survive a planned purge of the Earth's surface to deal with overpopulation and establish a world-wide utopian society.

  16. Guest

    Ezekiel 33:27
    "Thus you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "As I live, surely those who are in the waste places will fall by the sword, and whoever is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and in the caves will die of pestilence.

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  18. LiLy Pierre

    Population influx into this country, by illegals and even legal immigrants, because they all breed many babies and bring in more, relatives and inlaws….will only make it harder for those already here. There will be less resources, more killing, more fighting. We need to lower the influx now, not tomorrow.

  19. Joseph

    If i need a shelter underground who would i contact. I might need to provide a safe haven for family please help


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