Where are the safest places on Earth if a nuclear war breaks out?

As the world prepares for a nuclear war as a result of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, many people are considering the safest places to visit.

It’s safe to say that if a war of that magnitude broke out in Europe, there wouldn’t be many areas left untouched by nuclear weapons.

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If the UK was hit, and London was the epicenter, the only way to survive would be to travel to Scotland and hope that the wind didn’t carry nuclear fallout with it.

As a result, 100 percent safe places would be few and far between.

So, where are the safest places to be during a nuclear war?


Antarctica

Because the Antarctic Treaty prohibits the detonation of nuclear weapons, Antarctica may be the safest place to go in the event of nuclear war. It’s also a long way from any major targets. It’s a good place to avoid bombs, but it’s a terrible place to live. If you go, make sure to bring enough supplies.

Computer simulations show that if atomic annihilation occurs, Antarctica is one of the safest places to live. Not only is this subzero continent thousands of miles from anywhere, but it also hosted the world’s first nuclear arms treaty in 1959.

Antarctica may be the safest place to go in the event of nuclear war
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The Antarctic Treaty prohibited the use of nuclear weapons and designated this frozen landscape as a safe haven for peaceful research. But who would want to live in such a place? It wouldn’t be the first time polar regions were used as nuclear hideouts: in perhaps the coolest Cold War mission, codenamed ‘Project Iceworm,’ a massive nuclear base was secretly buried deep within the Arctic Circle. This vast bunker, known as “the city under the ice,” is now full of abandoned toxic waste and radioactive coolant and will be disentombed from its frozen lair as the icecaps continue to melt. So, if Antarctica doesn’t pique your interest, where else should you go?

New Zealand

Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are thought to be safer in the event of a nuclear war because the world’s nuclear powers are concentrated in the North. New Zealand is also a lovely country. They also do not have nuclear weapons, and they are not everywhere.

New Zealand is also a lovely country. They also do not have nuclear weapons, and they are not everywhere
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Easter Islands

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It is the location of the ancient Polynesian head statues. It is a remote island located 2,000 miles from South America. It is deficient in terms of people, commerce, and civilizations. As a result, it is a safe haven from nuclear fallout.
Easter Island is located in the South Pacific, more than 2000 miles away from South America. While you’re here while the rest of the world burns, you could visit the massive mysterious statues known as Mo’ai.

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These monoliths were carved by ancient Polynesians who cut down all of the trees on the island to transport these massive stone figures. Unfortunately, as Jared Diamond writes in his book ‘Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive,’ this deforestation turned the remote island into an ecological disaster. What better place to ponder humanity’s hamstrung future than an island that encapsulates our ability to kill ourselves by destroying our environment?

South Africa

South africa does not have many international political issue
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This country does not have many international political issues. It is, in fact, the only country that has built and destroyed its own nuclear arsenal. Also, English is widely spoken here, and the people are extremely friendly.

French Polynesia


With over 400 islands, French Polynesia is a beautiful and sustainable destination. They are too dispersed and far from the shore for nuclear fallout to sink before it drifts in on the trade winds.
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With over 400 islands, French Polynesia is a beautiful and sustainable destination. They are too dispersed and far from the shore for nuclear fallout to sink before it drifts in on the trade winds.

Iceland

Iceland is a small, sparsely populated country. It is cut off from major international politics and physical contact with other countries. Its physical isolation, neutral government, and climate make it a nuclear-free zone.
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Iceland is a small, sparsely populated country. It is cut off from major international politics and physical contact with other countries. Its physical isolation, neutral government, and climate make it a nuclear-free zone.

Guam

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Countries that have served as military bases are likely to be on the list of targets for nuclear weapons. Guam, on the other hand, is less likely to be on that list because it is a remote location with few resources. This location poses no danger to anyone.

Australia

Perth, Australia, would, too.

Western Australia’s capital is so far removed from any political centers that it is safe to assume it would not be on anyone’s list of targets for destruction.

Western Australia's capital is so far removed from any political centers that it is safe to assume it would not be on anyone's list of targets for destruction.
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It has a population of over 2 million people and enough space to house many more.
The population actually includes people from many other countries, including 40% English, 9.2% Scottish, and even 1% Welsh – so pretty much everyone is welcome.

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