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All that remained of the blue planet was a patch of green —a tepui. A formidable self-contained ecosystem encapsulated by massive rock formations shooting straight on all sides and leveled off on top like a mesa and located in the center of the Amazon basin¬—the perfect bomb shelter. To create awareness of how we can train our minds, visit Utopia.


When the bomb threat alarm went off inside the Hwan residence near the ostentatious Cheongdam Park neighborhood, Dr. Hwan, a middle-age woman wearing a doctor’s coat froze in her tracks. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “It’s time,” she said, starting the count down as she entered her daughter’s room down the hall. “There is no time for goodbyes; let’s go!” Eight year-old Misa jumped to her feet and took her mother’s hand. On the phone, the father clenched his teeth and forced himself to smile while his family rushed to escaped. Dr. Hwan rolled out a large metal chest from a closet door in the hallway revealing an elevator chute. Mother and daughter entered the chute, their hearts pounding. They hugged. Above them, a red light turned on, the floor beneath them opened and down the chute twisting and turning as if on a wild rollercoaster ride, they escaped.

Who were the chosen ones? And where did they escape to? How would they survive.

You may guess that the Hwan family must have gone into hiding in a modern bomb shelter directly under the home. But after several weeks in the bunker, this story (Utopia) takes them deeper into and around the globe.


The growing possibility of a thermonuclear blast, a virus pandemic, an alien invasion, or other catastrophes that can jeopardize human life on Earth, motivated the construction of several modern day bunkers.

Underground shelters are not a novel thing. The ancient underground city, Derinkuyu, in Cappadocia, Turkey, was built in the 6th or 7th century BCE and was utilized throughout the centuries as a shelter from invaders and war. Visitors find a 200 ft deep, 12 story city connected by tunnels that can house more than 20,000 people. See below.


In modern times, people around the world have been building safe shelters to survive doomsday since the 60s. Today, you can purchase prefab steel bunkers ready to install or DIY kits. These shelters have a special air filtering system with battery backup, can have concrete reinforcement, measure up to 14 X 50 feet, and up to 20 feet underground with professional engineer certificates for a blast load rating of about 3,000 pounds per square foot. Prices start at around $9,000. To find out more click here. More luxurious bunkers, however, and can go as high as $17 million. It’s mind boggling to think of all the essentials like waste management, running water, perishable and non-perishable food supplies, medical supplies, and the list goes on. For example, located near Tifton, Georgia, a two level, 13-bedroom bunker runs for 17 million dollars and boasts all the amenities of a modern luxury including a theater, gym, and commercial kitchen. Its steel and concrete reinforced walls will keep you safe from even a 20-kiloton nuclear blast.

During the Cold War, the US built several missile silos (underground missile launch facilities) scattered throughout the US in top secret locations. Some of these unused missile silos have been refurbished into bomb shelters and run from $400,000 up to $3.2 million. However, the longest these shelters can hold their doomsday residents is 5 years. If interested take a look at the possibilities.

In the book Utopia, a YA novel, the Hwan family and others like it were prepared to meet the challenge of a thermo nuclear war that would devastate the Earth’s ecosystems and decimate human population. A plan was put in place to push the restart button on civilization by selecting hundreds of trained survivors from the four corners of the world who were highly qualified whose mission was to create a different kind of system in which war would not be an option and power would not be sought. Instead, the mind would be developed.

Read Utopia to find out how.

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