Fewer nuclear bunkers needed in future

Only large properties will be required to have nuclear shelters under law revisions coming into force in 2012.

This content was published on November 30, 2011 - 13:39 and agencies

The Swiss cabinet approved changes to the law on protecting civilians on Wednesday. As of January, a legal requirement for bunkers will apply only to buildings with more than 38 rooms

Previously any building with more than eight rooms needed to have a fallout shelter.

New bunkers will also have to be bigger, capable of fitting at least 25 people.

As part of wider reforms, the cabinet launched a consultation at the start of November on a new strategy for better preparation for natural disasters and in emergency situations.

Switzerland’s system of emergency shelters was launched in the Cold War era of the 1960s amid fears of a nuclear bomb. There is room for 6.7 million people in bunkers.

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