Saturday, December 4, 2010

Top 5 safest places in the World

The Risk Management Monitor blog published a list of 5 Safest Places on Earth. List includes an airport from Istanbul, a data centre from Sweden, a building from New York, a vault from Norway and yes, you guessed it right, the most protected place on Earth...

5. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW), Istanbul, Turkey

The new international terminal at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, opened in 2009, is the world’s largest seismically isolated buildingThe new terminal is designed to withstand an earthquake as strong as 8.0 Richter magnitude scale.  

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4. Bahnhof Pionen White Mountains Data Centre, Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish internet service provider Bahnhof's servers are located in an old nuclear bomb shelter 100 feet (30 meters) below Pionen White Mountains in Stockholm. The bunker was built in 1943 as just a bomb shelter. In the 70s, the Swedes turned the shelter into a full bunker, to house governmental officials in the case of a nuclear war. Now some of WikiLeaks servers are located here. 
3. 7 World Trade Center, New York, USA

The original 7 World Trade Center, located across from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan,  was completed in 1987 & destroyed on 9/11 attacks. The new 7 World Trade Center, which opened in 2006,  is the first skyscraper to be completed at the World Trade Center site. 
Hailed as the safest building in the world, 52-story building has a wide array of  security features. Its innovative construction provides a sealed, hardened core. The structure around the core can go down, or be on fire, or be invested with a biological or chemical problem, but the actual core itself will be protected.
2. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault will provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large scale regional or global crises. The seeds are duplicate samples of seeds held in genebanks worldwide. 

The facility is constructed 390 ft (120 metres) inside a sandstone mountain at Svalbard on Spitsbergen Island, located about 600 miles from the North PoleThe vault is managed by the Nordic Genetic Resource Center and employs a number of robust security systems, though there are no permanent staff on-site. The underground bunker's steel and reinforced concrete structure is strong enough to withstand a direct nuclear strike.

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1. U.S. Bullion Depository, Fort Knox, Kentucky

U.S. Bullion Depository, better known as Fort Knox, is a fortified vault building storing approx. 4,600 tons of gold bullion of United States official gold reserves and other precious items belonging or entrusted to the federal government.
The gold vault, which is situated below the structure, is lined with granite walls and protected by a 22 ton blast-proof door. Ten members of the staff must dial separate combinations known only to them. Beyond the main vault door, smaller internal cells provide further protection.
The facility is guarded by the United States Mint Police and the U.S. Army provides additional protection with Apache helicopter gunships and over 30,000 soldiers, with tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery.

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