What hits your mind when you hear the term "maximum-security"? Probably something to do with military and government? Historical sites that need to be preserved, government bases or something similar, right?
Well, today I'm going to write about 10 of the most heavily guarded places on planet Earth, not just a specific country but the entire planet. That being said, you can imagine the level of security we're talking about here. Can you? They are nothing like the security at our homes or schools or even our workplaces (until and unless you work for CIA).
You can imagine or even if you can't, have a look at what I got for you today!
The Yamantau Mountain complex is located close to one of Russia's nuclear weapons labs, Chelyabinsk-70, giving rise to speculation it could house either a nuclear warhead storage site, a missile base, a secret nuclear weapons production center, a directed energy laboratory or a buried command post. Whatever it is, Yamantau was designed to survive a nuclear war.
Some U.S. analysts believe the secret underground complex beneath Yamantau Mountain betrays a lingering belief among top Russian leaders that they must continue to prepare to fight and win a nuclear war.
HavenCo's first iteration was intended as a kind of techno-utopia where the revolutionary potential of the internet could be protected. It was supposed to be a self-contained, hyper-secure data fortress, with servers located on site in the middle of the North Sea. The company promised it would destroy its servers rather than ever reveal its clients' data. But like many dot-com-era schemes, its founders' fantastical vision overshot what the market, and their own capabilities, could bear.
These secret vaults contain genealogical and historical records for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The vault is excavated 600 feet into the north side of Little Cottonwood Canyon, located in Utah. Not only are they heavily guarded, but are also rumored to be protected by temperature control, as well as motion and heat sensors.
This underground data center has greenhouses, waterfalls, German submarine engines, simulated daylight and can withstand a hit from a hydrogen bomb. It is a high-security data center run by one of Sweden's largest ISPs, located in an old nuclear bunker deep below the bedrock of Stockholm city, sealed off from the world by entrance doors 40 cm thick (almost 16 inches). The facility has 1110 sqm (11950 sq ft) of space and is located below 30 meters of solid bedrock (granite) right inside the city.
Inside the Vatican's Belvedere Courtyard, the manuscripts are kept in bomb-proof bunkers and climate-controlled consultation rooms. Inside the bunker itself, fire-proof and dust-proof floors and walls were installed to further protect the manuscripts. The library's 70,000 books have been outfitted with computer chips to prevent loss and theft, closed-circuit cameras have been installed and new automated entry and exit gates keep tabs on who is coming in and going out.
Fort Knox is covered with granite walls that are four feet thick and held together by 750 tons of reinforcing steel. Past that comes the armed guards inside, plus the maze of locked doors, where you'll probably be stopped by the 22-ton vault door. This vault can be opened only if you find all the staff members who know a small slice of the combination (you'll need all of them, since nobody knows the whole thing.) Once you get inside the vault, you'll have to break into the smaller vaults tucked inside, then you can start taking the 5000 tons of gold bullion stored in there. And do be careful when you leave: 30,000 soldiers from Fort Knox's military camp will be anxiously awaiting you outside.
Source: Mental Floss
It has a 700-acre compound 90 miles from Los Angeles is HQ of Sea Org. Ominously for those inside, the razor-sharp fences surrounding the 700-acre compound of Gold Base have spikes pointing in both directions.With motion sensors along the perimeter and a camouflaged sniper bunker hidden in the hillside above, it is unclear whether the prison-style security is to keep people out or to keep them in - or both. The base, surrounded by hills near the town of Hemet in southern California, was for decades a secret even to most Scientologists.
The declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier is a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in the resort's history. Carved deep into the mountainside beneath our West Virginia Wing is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter. Once a top secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress, The Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of The Greenbrier history. Bunker Tours provide a unique and in-depth look behind the hidden doors and let you explore an aspect of The Greenbrier that no other resort can claim.
The multi-storey uses a sophisticated web including CCTV cameras, panic buttons, entry doors and bar-coded tickets to guarantee security, but the keystone is super-sharp patented sensors that spot if a parked car moves even a little when the central computer thinks it should be stock still, resulting in a lock-down of the site. Smart stuff.
Cheyenne Mountain redefines the phrase "job security." Employees work behind two 25-ton doors, which can withstand a 30-megaton blast. To put that into perspective, Fat Man-the bomb dropped on Nagasaki-would have to explode 1429 times to crack the entrance. The offices there are buried 2000 feet into the mountain's granite, so far that air has to be pumped inside. That air, however, is the cleanest in the world. It is processed by a state-of-the-art system of chemical, biological, and nuclear filters. It's no wonder why Cheyenne hosted the US Missile Warning Center and NORAD during the Cold War.
Source: Mental Floss
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