The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has gone to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The group was honoured with the prize thanks to it drawing attention ‘to the catasrophic humanitarian consequences’ of using nuclear weapons as well as its ‘groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons’.
Runners up included Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU foreign policy chief for their role in founding the Iran nuclear deal that saw the country abandon its nuclear weapons development.
The American Civil Liberties Union, who is suing President Trump over his desired transgender military ban, were also among the nominees.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said:
Risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time.
It is the firm conviction of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that Ican, more than anyone else, has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour.
Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen added:
Through its inspiring and innovative support for the UN negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, Ican has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an international peace congress.
Multiple sources have suggested it would take minutes for a nuclear weapon to reach the UK from North Korea.
In theory, that would mean we were all f***ed without a chance in Hell of seeking refuge.
However, the United States Department of Homeland Security advises on their website to look for any kind of shelter no matter how bad it looks as ‘any protection, however temporary, is better than none at all’.
If you need to hide make sure you pick a location which has thick walls and is as far away from the blast location as you can get.
Some tube stations fit this description – Hampstead for example is 192 feet below the surface and Aldwych, which hasn’t been used for years, is also deep underground with extra thick walls.
There are also secret bunkers dotted around the English countryside, which can be used, although civilians may not have immediate access to them.
It’s not known whether any of these remain in London but if they do, they’re able to function as safe houses for figures of authority to use as bases.
They’re designed to prevent outside forces from entering in and theoretically could offer protection against radiation.
However citizens would be encouraged to build their own shelters instead – you’ve just got to hope there’s enough of an advanced warning.
During the Cold War a ‘Central Government War Headquarters’ was established, but it was never used.
Located 120km underground in Wiltshire, it occupies 240 acres and includes a ‘virtual city’ which is self-sustaining.
In 2015 it was placed on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register and it’s currently unclear how habitable the location is.