MOUNT WEATHER

VIR­GINIA, USA

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THE HOL­LOW MOUN­TAIN A 20-minute flight from the White House lies the nu­clear bunker of the U. S. pres­i­dent. Most of the fa­cil­ity ex­ists deep be­neath Mount Weather. Only a few gov­ern­ment build­ing are lo­cated on the moun­tain (image).

IS THIS OBAMA’S PANIC ROOM?

An early morn­ing shortly af­ter 5: 30, some­where in the moun­tains of Vir­ginia. The trees lin­ing Blue Ridge Moun­tain Road get denser, the road be­comes nar­rower—and sud­denly you are fac­ing a 10-foot-high fence. An alarm sounds and sec­onds later heav­ily armed sol­diers ap­proach— and ask a ques­tion: What are you look­ing for here? Yes…what in­deed. What kind of place in the woods is this, where—as the peo­ple who live nearby say—“snow doesn’t stick in win­ter be­cause the en­tire moun­tain is hol­lowed out and gives off heat”? The an­swer: At the end of this road is Mount Weather—aka Pres­i­dent Obama’s bunker—able to with­stand a nu­clear bomb and just 20 min­utes by he­li­copter from the White House. A high-tech fortress hid­den un­der a moun­tain. In fact, Mount Weather is a place that does not of­fi­cially ex­ist, though if dis­as­ter were to strike top of­fi­cials would meet here. Un­til the late 1970s even Congress was not aware of the high-se­cu­rity bunker. But just what re­ally lies be­neath the moun­tain? Rep­utable sources on the mat­ter are rare—but they ex­ist. Say in­sid­ers who man­aged to leak in­for­ma­tion through the close-knit net­works of in­tel­li­gence agen­cies: The jour­ney into the un­der­world of Mount Weather is a long one. If you man­age to get into the com­pound, you’d then have to get past a 37-ton pad­dle that’s 23 feet wide by 5 feet thick. Hun­dreds of guards line the way as large tun­nels lead more than 300 feet into the depths. The area of the bunker it­self is around 65,000 square feet. In ad­di­tion to mul­ti­story of­fice build­ings there are enough beds and sup­plies for 2,000 peo­ple, as well as a hos­pi­tal, cre­ma­to­rium, TV and ra­dio sta­tion, in­de­pen­dent power sta­tion, a fresh wa­ter stor­age reser­voir carved into the moun­tain, and mul­ti­ple mon­i­tor­ing cen­ters— the con­ver­gence points for sen­sors from across the coun­try, which can de­tect a mis­sile strike any­where on the con­ti­nent. It’s also the place from which the U.S. would strike back…

39.0638° N 77.8919° W

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