Survivalist Bruce Beach has been building and maintaining North America’s largest private nuclear bunker for the last 37 years.
Ark Two, built underground near the village of Horning’s Mills, Canada, is currently the largest nuclear bunker in North America. The bunker, made from 42 old school buses with concrete poured over them for reinforcement, is 10,000 square feet, and can apparently hold up to five hundred people. According to Beach, it’s “virtually impenetrable to anything short of a direct nuclear strike.”
And, although many see Beach as a “kook,” his shelter has garnered international attention in light of recent nuclear tensions. The belligerence between America and North Korea has pushed the Atomic Doomsday clock, a timepiece that measures the likelihood of nuclear catastrophe, closer to midnight. This is the closest it has come to that since 1953.
“Most people don’t think I’ll ever need this shelter,” Beach recently told CTV News. “There’s a difference of opinion about that, but it’s looking more and more like it’s going to happen.”