Map shows the safest places on Earth to go if a nuclear war breaks out

In the face of a humiliating series of defeats from Ukraine's much smaller army, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has again been ratcheting up the nuclear rhetoric.

US President Joe Biden has reacted angrily to Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons, promising to continue with his support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s "partial mobilisation" and plans annexation of more Ukrainian regions.

Meanwhile Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy says it's vital to capitalise on his recent victories and drive Russia out of Ukraine for good.

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In a pre-recorded broadcast to the UN general assembly, Zelenskyy said: “Russia wants to spend the winter on the occupied territory of Ukraine … It wants to prepare fortifications on occupied land and carry out military mobilisation at home. We cannot agree to a delayed war because it will be even hotter than the war now.”

Realistically, there's only a small chance of the face-off over Ukraine going nuclear, but if it does, then it's important to know in advance what your options are.

Here's a shopping list of the safest places on Earth in the event of World War III kicking off:


Thanks to the Antarctic Treaty, Antarctica could be classed as one of the safest, if not the safest place on the planet to go.

In June, 1961, 12 countries came together to sign an agreement which set aside the area as a “scientific preserve”, which meant that all military activity would be banned.

The first signatories were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Many more have followed since, including Brazil, China, Germany, North Korea and Poland.

It basically means that, in the event of a nuclear war, nobody would touch the continent.

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Another safe place could be Cheyenne Mountain.

Located on the mountain, which is found in El Paso County, Colorado, is a massive bunker containing a 25-tonne blast door.

Inside is the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command headquarters – which makes it a very safe, and well-informed place to hide.

When it was built, in 1966, it was built to withstand long-range Soviet bombers, ballistic missiles, and a nuclear attack from Russia.

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If you don't fancy a trek up a mountain, then try a scenic trip to the possible safe heaven of Iceland.

It has a small population, stays out of international political issues and has a neutral government.

The chances of anyone launching an attack and including Iceland in the plans of destructions are very slim – and you'd have an almost limitless supply of fish at your disposal, too.

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Want to spend your post-nuclear life somewhere warmer? Then Guam could be your answer.

The tiny Pacific Ocean island has a population of around 168,000, plenty of space, and no enemies.

It does have a very small army, comprising of just 1,300 members, with only 280 of them full-time, so why anyone would choose to attack such a place is beyond us.

It poses no threat to anyone and would be an ideal safe haven for anyone fleeing war.

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As would Perth, Australia.

The capital of Western Australia is so far removed from any political centres that it would be safe to assume that it would not be included on anyone's destruction list.

It has a population of more than 2 million, and enough space to hold many more.

The population actually comprises of people from many other countries, including 40% English, 9.2% Scottish and even 1% Welsh – so pretty much everyone is welcome there.

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And lastly, if nuclear war does break out, then Israel might be top of your list of places to flee to.

As it contains the holiest sites of pretty much every major world religion, it's safe to say that the Middle Eastern nation would be safe from the list of destruction.

And you can enjoy life eating nothing but falafel, hummus, and pitta bread, too.

It is also home to many underground tunnels and safe places, which would instantly provide you with protection from nukes, or any kind of missiles.


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