Apartment for the Apocalypse

Subterranean survival shelter offers a port in a nuclear storm

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Apartment for the Apocalypse


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Who will survive an extinction-level event such as a global pandemic, the detonation of multiple nuclear bombs, or the release of chemical or biological weapons? The Vivos Group, based in Del Mar, Calif., is betting that owners of the 20 upscale underground survival shelters it is building across the United States will be among those who remain. Each hardened subterranean resort, designed to house 200 people for a year, will give a new meaning to the term "all-inclusive." Accommodations will include an on-site power generator and water supply, air filters, sewage disposal, a hospital, a library, a gym, and even a jail. The postapocalyptic extended-stay package costs US $50 000 per adult and $25 000 per child.

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