Many Americans have their eyes pinned on Area 51 when talk about an impending nuclear disaster starts getting serious. However, not everybody knows that the real American Super Bunker is hidden in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex – the Colorado facility being impervious to nuclear, electromagnetic, biological, and natural disasters.
The Cheyenne Mountain Complex Was Made Famous by a TV Show
Not many Americans know the secrets of the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, and a great deal of those that do only researched the facility after watching Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright’s Stargate or John Badham’s WarGames.
The first is a very popular science-fiction television show focusing on the story of a Breakfast Club-like team – its Air Force/alien/mad historian version anyway. These four heroes, led by MacGyver himself travel through an alien device called the Stargate, or Chappa’ai as the ancient Egyptians who were actually slaves of parasitic snake-like gods called it.
The premise of the show is, of course, far-fetched, but the producers got one thing right – the impenetrability of the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.
In Case of Global Disaster, Its Residents Will Survive
As Stargate masterfully and truthfully portrayed it, the high-tech bunker situated in the 9,565 feet isolated mountain is an unconquerable fortress. Built in times of war (the mid-60s), the complex is as large as a city. Its first and main line of defense is the mountain itself. 2,500 feet of pure granite stands between the daily inhabitants of the compound and the frail world outside.
The second line of defense is made out of a complex series of tunnels, and 25-ton blast doors meant to keep away any type of invading force, be it an army of tech-savvy aliens or a wave of radioactive particles. To make sure that not even a single potential bio or radioactive particle penetrates the facility, the air within the hidden base is over-pressurized.
The people within the compound breathe filtered that travels through blast valves. All electricity is generated by its very own 10.5-megawatt power plant. In case of a lock-in, all individuals lucky enough to be on the right side of the blasted doors will be able to eat a fresh Subway, visit a dentist, and even take a trip to a self-checkout store.
Inhabitants Can Wait Out a Nuclear Fallout
Other fictional-sounding features that contribute to the complex’s impenetrability include malleable pipes that can withstand even the most powerful earthquake and an assortment of specially designed springs that protect the metal buildings from high-intensity shocks.
6 million gallons of water and 510,000 gallons of fuel are safely stored in basins carved directly into the mountain’s rock. Employees eat ready-to-eat meals packed with high calories and all essential nutrients. They sleep in bunk beds where button-up bags are always available.
All military personnel working at the base is trained to predict and manage any type of disaster from a nuclear threat to the sun acting out and roasting half the planet. The only problem is they will live on knowing that their loved ones were on the wrong side of the blast doors.
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