posted on May, 16 2003 @ 10:02 PM
Hi folks... this is my first post... anyway...
The reason that the sercret bunker in Anstruther is located there is that its design would not withstand a direct or close range nuclear attack. The
structure would not withstand the blast of a tactical nuclear device or even conventional weapons. By locating the bunker in Anstruther, it is
outside of the blast radius for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen yet within close enough range to communicate with a bunker in Dundee. The only
practical protection offered by the bunker is in its enclosure in a Farady cage which provides protection from the electromagnetic pulse which a
nuclear device produces. The bunker's protection was in it's secret location and since it is clearly no longer a secret it no longer offers any
It is extremely unlikely that the bunker would be used again and certainly would not be used in the case of an Iraqi war 'flare up'. Besides the
fact that we know that an escalated situation in Iraq is now not possible due to coallition rule, Iraq does not contain any weapons which could pose a
direct threat to the UK. Iraq does not own an intercontinental ballistic missiles and certainly does not own any ICBMs with nuclear payloads.
Furthermore, if Iraq were to launch a surprise interncontinental nuclear strike the device could and would be blown out of the skies.
The greater risk is from terrorist attacks against Britain and, even in this case, Anstruther would not be used. There are much larger, more secret
and better equiped bunkers located around the country which are currently 'at standby' not least those beneath the MOD buildings in London (Almost
every city has secret bunkers.. although these are gradually becoming less secret). The anticipated risk posed by terrorist attacks against Britain at
most takes the form of 'dirty bombs' but more conventionally might involve hijacking or downing aircraft, targetting other mobile structures (such
as petrol tankers) or other 'dirty' targets such as nuclear power stations. The bunkers beneath the MOD buildings in London would not withstand a
nuclear strike but would withstand any other form of attack including a tactical nuclear attack and are the preferred safe haven for those in
Oh and another reason the Anstruther bunker isn't being prepped for anything is that I attended a house music night organised there by a society at
St Andrews uni last month.... ;-)
[Edited on 17-5-2003 by rossco]