The map of where you need to go to survive a nuclear war

Friday 03 March 2017 14:30
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Things are getting.... worrying. As Independent columnist Rupert Cornwell says, 'Nuclear war is no longer the stuff of dystopian novellas – it's a very real and immediate threat'

"Small unsettling things are also happening amid the giant upheavals of Trump-world...George Orwell’s 1984 has shot to the top of Amazon bestseller list, while demand has surged for other dystopian novels such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. And now there’s the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and its Doomsday Clock, which shows how near we are to the apocalypse. The scientists who manipulate the device moved the hand 30 seconds closer to midnight. It now stands just two and a half minutes away, closer than at any time since 1953 when the US and the Soviet Union were developing rival hydrogen bombs."

If you want to survive an immediate strike in a conflict between nuclear superpowers, it follows that you'll want to avoid countries with access to nuclear weapons or involved in nuclear agreements.

According to the below chart by Statista, your best bet appears to be in the Southern hemisphere for this strategy:

According to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia and the United States own more than 90 per cent of the nuclear warheads in the world.

This is also all assuming that the conflict will occur and the missiles will land in nuclear-connected countries.

There are a number of other factors to consider - the global temperature would drop a couple of degrees while the ozone would be reduced over the course of the next decade after initial strikes.

Fewer crops would grow and drought would be more prevalent, while skin cancer and burns would be more likely due to the ozone layer depletion.

So somewhere not too sunny in Africa or South America with abundant food resources would (probably) be ideal for your nuclear winter getaway.

Wherever that is.

More: Here's what would happen to Earth in the first five years after a nuclear war