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Four days to go until the Mayan Doomsday – and there's a rush on for bomb-proof survival bunkers (complete with leather sofas and plasma screen TVs)
Ron Hubbard builds stylish underground bomb-proof shelter in CaliforniaDesigner's business has gone from selling one per month to one per daySome say Mayan Long Count calendar proves world will end this Friday
08:18 GMT, 18 December 2012
If you’re seriously concerned about the world ending on Friday, then this could be just the ticket.
Ron Hubbard has built a luxurious underground bomb-proof shelter in Montebello, California, with a leather sofa, plasma TV and wooden flooring – just in case the Mayans’ predictions come true.
The civilisation’s Long Count calendar which began 5,125 years ago in 3113 B.C. ends on December 21, 2012 – sparking fears among a small group of people that a major catastrophe could happen.
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Bomb-proof: Children test out the bunk beds in the underground survival shelter in Montebello, California
Going underground: The luxurious bomb, nuclear and chemical weapon-proof bunkers are kitted out with beds, kitchens, flushing toilets and even fireplaces – and sell for an average price of 46,000 based on fittings
Handle: A young girl stands in the bunker, which has a leather sofa, plasma TV and wooden flooring
Mr Hubbard manufactures hi-tech
underground ‘recreational bomb shelters’ – and
has seen his business boom from selling one a month to one a day in the
THE END – OR A NEW CALENDAR
Inscriptions in Mexico refer to Bolon Yokte – a god associated with war and the underworld – 'descending from the sky' at the end of a 13th period of 400 years on December 21 2012.
But many Mayan experts believe the ‘apocalypse’ concept is a false interpretation of their 5,125-year Long Count cycle as Friday simply marks the start of a new calendar.
The luxurious bomb, nuclear and
chemical weapon-proof bunkers are kitted out with beds, kitchens,
flushing toilets and even fireplaces – and sell for an average price of
Mr Hubbard revealed that he is
currently rushing the instalment of two shelters – one in New York and
another in Indiana – in time for the potential Doomsday anticipated by
some people this Friday.
He said: ‘I will be heading into my
shelter on December 21 just because I have one and if any of the
astrophysicists are right, I would feel really stupid.
Tidy: The 500 sq ft cylindrical shelters – produced in California – each measure 10ft in diameter and 50ft long
Home comforts: A bed is prepared in the shelter with the Texas flag on the pillows and duvet cover
Practical: The bunkers have escape tunnels with one sided hatches which can only open from the inside, as well as sealed contamination rooms between the entrance and living areas
‘I've sold shelters to astrophysicists
who believe there is a possibility that we could be hit with a strong
solar flare or large amounts of radiation.
'I will be heading into my shelter on December 21 just because I have one and if any of the astrophysicists are right, I would feel really stupid'
Ron Hubbard, shelter manufacturer
‘I'll spend three days underground in
the shelter just to be safe. If you have a shelter you might as well go
in it. I don't think anything will happen but you never know.’
The 500 sq ft cylindrical shelters – produced at Mr Hubbard’s based in California – each measure 10ft in diameter and 50ft long.
They have escape tunnels with one
sided hatches which can only open from the inside, as well as sealed
contamination rooms between the entrance and living areas.
But they have proved popular not just with those preparing for armageddon, but hunters too.
Installation: The chambers are mean to be installed 20 feet underground – offering comfort as the world falls apart around you
Relax in comfort: A leather sofa and basins can be found inside the Doomsday underground bunker
Space optimization: There are a range of shelters for sale- this one being cheaper than the luxury edition
Mr Hubbard said: ‘I started making
them because I wanted one for myself, but didn't want to pay $1million (600,000) to $2million (1.2million) for them.
'I'll spend three days underground in the shelter just to be safe. If you have a shelter you might as well go in it. I don't think anything will happen but you never know'
Ron Hubbard, shelter manufacturer
‘We get a lot of people who buy the
shelters as a form of insurance for the worst case scenario. Just like
someone would buy fire insurance in case their home suffers a fire.
‘We have gone from selling one a month to one a day in the past year since Obama's re-election.
‘Many people are afraid of economic meltdown, others simply want to have one just in case something catastrophic does happen.
‘People love them. They make a very
nice hunting cabin or weekend retreat, so they don't just have to sit
there waiting for a catastrophe.’
Creature comforts: The small dining area with an ornament on the side is reminiscent of a table at a diner
Home made: There is a mini fridge and microwave in the shelter but little other space for food preparation
Tight quarters: Visitors likened the California shelter to a studio apartment when they looked around
CCTV with a view of the world upstairs: Add a few trinkets and posters and you have a home from home
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