Doomsday Mountain Blocked: Mayan Apocalypse Safe Haven Shut Down By French Officials. Where Do We Go Now?!? [VIDEO]

By Mo Mozuch on November 20, 2012 7:04 PM EST

The Mayans still inspire people today.
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Man, just when you think an apocalypse can't get any worse!

French officials have shut down access to the Pic de Bugarach, aka 'Doomsday Mountain,' one of the only safe havens in the world according to the much-publicized Mayan prophecy of 2012. The doomsday mountain is getting blocked because government officials worry that it will attract swarms of media, onlookers and new age kooks who will create a frenzy regardless of whether or not the apocalypse materializes. According to believers, the doomsday mountain will open up on Dec 21 and a spaceship will emerge, ushering true believers to safety.

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"We are expecting a few visionaries, a few people who believe in this end of the world, but in extremely limited numbers," Eric Freysselinard, the state's top representative in the area told AFP. "We are expecting greater numbers of people who are just curious, but in numbers we cannot determine. Above all, we are expecting lots of journalists," he said.

There have even been reports of UFO activity:

A cadre of 100 police and fire department officials will be on hand that day to prevent people from scaling the mountain and to maintain order in the village at the base of the mountain. Should the situation get out of hand, officials will shut down access to the village as well.

The Mayan apocalypse is believed to occur on Dec 21 because it marks the end of a baktun, a 394-year period developed by the Mayans. It will be the 13th baktun in the calendar, which is what some believe makes it significant. The theory is that the Mayans were in tune to cosmological forces beyond our comprehension and those forces will unleash a global torrent of destruction be it from an intense solar flare or the reversal of the planet's magnetic fields.

So, since the French have blocked the doomsday mountain where can apocalypse believers go on Dec. 21, 2012 to survive? Fortunately for you, there are some great Cold War-era doomsday shelters in the U.S. that could provide apocalypse-proof security.

By far the nicest is the bunker at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Because if you're going to survive an apocalypse, why not do it in style? The bunker was built into a mountainside by the U.S. during the Cold War to serve as an emergency fallout shelter for top political officials. What can survivors find in the bunker? It's got 25-ton blast doors, can house 1,100 people, has its own power plant and water purification equipment, three 14,000 gallon diesel fuel tanks, dentist and doctor's offices, a pharmacy and a TV studio. Pretty swank for doomsday, or any other day really. (CONSPIRACY ALERT: The Bunker will shut down in early December for "renovations." Sounds like some bigwigs are prepping for something, no?)

If you've got a little money to spend and are interested in a more reliable, commercial alternative for survigin the apocalypse then you absolutely MUST consider a Vivos Shelter. The company offers both community and private shelters in Indiana, Nebraska and the Rocky Mountains. They have a membership process, and won't take just anyone's $35,000 fee. Here's a guided video tour of what awaits you before, during and after the Rapture:

They also have one of the best apocalypse-prevention lines I've ever heard: "It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." Awesome.

Let's say you don't have access to historic Greenbrier or an extra $35k in the sofa cushions. What's left? How about scrambling in a blind panic to a top secret military area that may or may not be a shelter? Then Site R is for you!

Site R is an installation that is located in Pennsylvania and is just close enough to Camp David to maybe be a government bunker of some kind. It was one of several undisclosed locations that protected Vice President Dick Cheney during the 9/11 attacks. Here's a link to a birdseye view of the facility to help you prepare your mad scramble for safety.

Oh, and for anyone still wanting to convince themselves that the Mayan Apocalypse WON'T happen, NASA took the time to explain, scientifically, why the whole apocalypse-based-on-calendars thing is basically BS.

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