Doomsday? This could be it for us, fellow humans

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Thane Burnett, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:48 PM ET

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like a home that can withstand Armageddon.

Among the rolling hills of Kansas -- actually, sunk deep below the so-far quiet meadows -- software engineer Larry Hall says he's on track to soon finish the first living quarters in a subterranean complex meant to shelter a few families against all manner of biblical mayhem.

The year 2012 has been a marketing bonanza for doomsayers -- from fears our sun may lash out at us, to incoming asteroids to a near crash with a mysterious "Planet X".

There's even one man with a following who claims he's Jesus and will prove it next year.

But with most using the end of the ancient Mayan calendar as inspiration for desperation, Dec. 2012 is shaping up to be -- despite the world's best scientists and NASA assuring the fears are baseless -- a notoriously gloomy destination.

But Hall, who is among a niche group of developers selling high-end bunkers to the fretful, says many of those who want to view his 'survival condos' -- built in the hollow remains of a cold war missile silo -- are not fixated on a certain date in time.

Their anxiety doesn't have an expiry date.

"Now people are taking a shotgun approach," he explains.

"Given climate change, solar (threats) and a worsening of the global economic crisis, they're thinking it's more than 2012."

Unease over extinction is now mainstreaming. The U.S. Costco website sells freeze-dried emergency supplies and water filtration and hydration equipment.

But worries don't bankroll themselves.

Hall hopes to have the first accommodations ready by the end of January -- he's sold three out of seven units. A full floor will cost you $2 million while a half floor is $1 million.

However, a bad economy has meant some investors have not been able to front all the money needed to dig in.

He's had to refund a few advances of $250,000.

"Some have been upset," he points out of those who've gotten money back without securing a place in the shelter.

At one least one anonymous celebrity and NASCAR driver are apparently now interested.

The futuristic-looking abode includes a hydroponics level, library, theatre and even pool at the deepest reaches of the silo.

The waterproof cap is still being built, while insulation has been installed and the hydroponics plans have been finalized.

As work continues, Hall wants to have at least one living quarter in place to show to future investors.

He did have a couple from Vancouver looking to invest, but they ended up going with another project in Colorado after being unsure the survival condo would be finished before the clock runs out for us all.

Others have been "hoping for the best," Hall said. "Just sitting on things."

All they may need is a slight nudge to open their minds and wallets, noting: "(If there's) another Japanese earthquake in January ... I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with they money then."


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