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If you had an underground house what would you be protected from?

Asked by Aster (18806points) August 17th, 2010

I’ve seen several houses built underground or maybe out of a huge cave. I wonder how one of those could protect you from the elements? Or if we were hit by a meteor would one simply cave in on you?

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BoBo1946's avatar

Depending on where they are, hurricanes, tornadoes, and high utility bills!

AmWiser's avatar

^Depending on where they are, hurricanes, tornadoes, high utility bills! And peeping toms:D

BoBo1946's avatar

lmao…...........good one @AmWiser !

Aster's avatar

They had the opening for light. A glass door I think; not sure. Then after that , as you kept walking further in , they painted trees and flowers on light painted walls for the illusion of sunshine. I liked the steady temp aspect.

Aethelwine's avatar

The heat.

I hate the heat.

AmWiser's avatar

@BoBo1946 what can I say…I really was going to say the same thing you said:)

BoBo1946's avatar

@AmWiser really not much else to say!

Aster's avatar

Would a satellite dish work on the roof?

BoBo1946's avatar

@Aster yes ma’am!

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@aster…I would guess that they would protect one from falling debris, high winds, meteors, but also solar flares and solar activity. Are you going to build one? They make a lot of interesting ones now that are modular. I suppose that a giant meteor would crush the house, but not smaller ones? And it would definitely save on cooling and heating.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I do have an underground house. It’s virtually immune to any form of storm, it’s nearly fireproof, can withstand up to an 8.5 earthquake by design. The reinforcing steel also creates a Faraday cage protecting all electronics within from EMP (as long as antennas are disengaged). It’s also easy to heat and stays cool in summer. The house doesn’t feel cave-like at all, plenty of windows and skylights.

Aster's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land that is too exciting for words!!
@DarlingRhadamanthus No. Protect from solar flares??? R U sure??? I bet a big earthquake would wipe one out.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@Aster….I don’t think an earthquake would wipe one out….it might rattle it a bit, but it wouldn’t wipe it out....@stranger_in_a_strange_land....what say you?

A lot of people are building underground houses now….because of earth changes.

I’m not an expert….but….I would imagine it would be a relatively safe (if not the safest) way to build.

Aster's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus if during a big earthquake the ground shakes and splits you’d think the “roof” could cave in. At least in spots. Now if it were one hundred feet down it would be a whole different ballgame.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@Aster….I’ve been in numerous earthquakes (a 7.1 being the strongest) and a regular house was knocked off its foundation, dishes broke, but the house was intact. If the earth however did split right where the house/underground house was…yes, it would be devastating. I hope @stranger will post something about this…he must know all about this.

Aster's avatar

I am happy to announce I have never felt an earthquake. Therefore, I am not in a mental hospital.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus Our was designed by a civil engineer to withstand 8.5 Richter. The engineer is of the opinion that even a direct hit from an F3 tornado would do little damage.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@Aster…. I’m glad you have never experienced an earthquake…that is a blessing, truly is. They can be frightening. And it takes a long time for a community to recover from them.

Austinlad's avatar

This question, which at first seemed so odd to me that I almost didn’t answer it, suddenly took me back to a time very long ago when storybook characters like Winnie the Pooh and movie cartoon ones like Bugs Bunny stirred my imagination far more than the TV or computer can today.

Remember their burrow-buried homes?—how well appointed and cozy they were, like your grandmother’s … with their overstuffed little chairs, pictures handing on the walls by tiny tacks, usually lopsidedly, tables laid out food (carrots for Bugs), and tiny vases with flowers? How I wanted to be able to live underground like they did in a world when day or night were the same, ever safe from the elements, safe from sitters and school, safe from everything in the world that might harm me … except perhaps from a little man topside with a hunting cap who waited to blast me with his little shotgun that could reduce a Technicolor wabbit to ashes, albeit only momentarily.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Austinlad Don’t forget ‘Bag End’, the home of one famous Hobbit.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Our front door has a rounded profile in honor of Tolkien.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Once again, @stranger_in_a_strange_land , you prove to me that you are likely the coolest dude on the planet.

Aster's avatar

@Austinlad No; I don’t remember any of those cartoon abodes and I never saw my grandmother’s house! I never had one of those chubby squishy grandmas; never missed what I didn’t have. She was a grouch anyway. But I do dream of making my Own home super cozy. (-:

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