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Fears of nuclear war in Europe stoke demand for fancy bunkers

Fears of nuclear war in Europe stoke demand for fancy bunkers, Wink News, 

Author: MEGAN CERULLO / CBS Moneywatch, 20 Mar 22,

In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 pandemic fears in Europe have given way to another concern that nightmares are made of: the possibility that Russia could use a nuclear weapon.

……. U.S. and overseas manufacturers of residential bunkers say they’ve seen a spike in customer inquiries and orders — a surge they attribute to the war in Eastern Europe and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision late last month to put his country’s nuclear forces on alert.

Gary Lynch, general manager of Rising S Company, a residential bunker builder based in Murchison, Texas, said he recently started receiving inquiries from prospective customers in Italy, Romania, Sweden and the U.K., in addition to the U.S. and Canada…….  

“Excellent man caves”

Manufacturers say the pre-fab shelters will withstand exposure to chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Some use a steel frame strong enough to resist earthquakes and include bullet-resistant doors. The highest-end models — which can cost millions of dollars — may include air filtration systems, solar charging stations, freshwater inlets, waste removal tanks and infrared security.

Rising S makes bunkers in a local factory and ships them overseas. Over a recent 10-day period, Lynch said he got 1,600 inquiries from people interested in an underground shelter where they could take refuge in the event of a nuclear incident. That compares with the two to six calls he normally would have fielded over that same span of time from consumers looking to build a panic room or secure storage spaces for weapons or valuables.

Forty of those customer inquiries led to sales of bunkers ranging in price from $60,000 to around $200,000, including installation.

…………   a premium Artemis Protection bunker resembles a luxury apartment, complete with high ceilings, recessed lighting and high-end fittings, along with basic amenities including a living room, shower and television.

…….  The nicer bunkers are designed to resemble “an underground mountain chalet,”…….

In another sign of the times, pharmacies in Finland, Norway and Luxembourg have sold out of iodine and potassium iodide pills, which can be used to blunt the effects of exposure to nuclear radiation………

March 21, 2022 Posted by | 2 WORLD, safety | Leave a comment

EU seeks to boost stockpile of iodine pills and nuclear protective gear

EU seeks to boost stockpile of iodine pills and nuclear protective gear The war in Ukraine has prompted Brussels to speed up plans to improve bloc’s response in case of a nuclear incident Andy Bounds in Brussels

Brussels has accelerated plans designed to improve the EU’s health response in case of a nuclear incident following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to EU officials. The European commission is seeking to encourage EU members to stockpile iodine pills, protective suits and other medicine………..

 Earlier this month pharmacies in countries including Belgium, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic ran out of iodine pills after Russian forces targeted and damaged a Ukrainian atomic power station. The attack prompted warnings about the risks if a radioactive leak spreads across the continent. Such leaks release radioactive iodine, which concentrates in the thyroid gland when it is inhaled and can lead to cancer. Potassium iodine tablets saturate the gland with iodine, preventing the absorption of the radioactive material.  

…………..   European parliamentarians say HERA needs to move faster to keep pace with developments in Ukraine. Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, an MEP for French president Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party, said: “We need to draw strong lessons from Covid. We require specific measures for nuclear sites. We are not ready. We do not have the stocks.”  ……………

March 21, 2022 Posted by | EUROPE, health | Leave a comment

Indigenous, scientific, environmental and citizen groups strongly oppose Ottawa’s push for small nuclear reactors

 Ottawa pours more money into next-gen nuclear tech; critics to push back
against ‘dangerous distraction’. Innovation, Science and Industry
Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced a $27.2-million investment
Thursday in the development of next-generation nuclear technology he said
will make energy more accessible to remote communities.

However, numerous Indigenous, scientific, environmental and citizen groups have called the
technology a “dirty, dangerous distraction” from real climate action.
The money will go to the development of Westinghouse Electric Canada
Inc.’s eVinci micro-reactor, a small modular reactor (SMR) the company
says will “bring carbon-free, transportable, safe and scalable energy
anywhere Canada requires reliable, clean energy.”

 National Observer 17th March 2022

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Putin set to hold nuclear evacuation drill; moved family to Siberia: Reports

Hindustan Times, 20 Mar 22, ………  Not much is known about Putin’s family members, but since the Russia-Ukraine war started, reports claimed Putin moved unidentified members of his immediate family to a hi-tech underground bunker, which is a whole underground city, in the Altai Mountains of Siberia.

Putin’s Doomsday plan

Kremlin has a Doomsday plan ready and it is no secret. For a nuclear conflict, if any, Russia has Doomsday planes that would be used by Putin and his closes allies to stay above the war. A sky bunker was also under the Doomsday plan but is believed to be not ready yet. All these have been reported by the Russian press earlier and the veracity remains questionable………

March 21, 2022 Posted by | Russia, safety | Leave a comment

Zelensky tries to panic world with specter of “third world war” — Anti-bellum

Azeri Press AgencyMarch 20, 2022 Zelensky: “I’m ready for negotiations” with Putin, but if they fail, it could mean “a third World War” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday he is ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but warned that if any negotiation attempts fail, it could mean the fight between the two […]

Zelensky tries to panic world with specter of “third world war” — Anti-bellum

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Pentagon chief’s visit to Eastern Europe designed to secure arms for Ukraine — Anti-bellum

Sofia GlobeMarch 17, 2022 Issue of military equipment for Ukraine to be raised in US defence chief’s visit to Bulgaria During the visit to Bulgaria by US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, the question will be raised whether Bulgaria would be willing to provide equipment to the Ukrainian military that they are trained to use. Austin […]

Pentagon chief’s visit to Eastern Europe designed to secure arms for Ukraine — Anti-bellum

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