A sincere guide to surviving the apocalypse

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told Anadolu news agency Tuesday that the conflict in Syria will be the flashpoint for World War III as global superpowers have begun to back opposing sides.

"If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war," he said.

People have been predicting a nuclear war that will decimate the planet ever since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in Japan in 1945.

When tension picked up between the U.S. and Russia during the Cold War, seven other countries developed nuclear weapons -- Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

If World War III truly does become reality and these countries face nuclear warfare, there are a few serious tips that could make your survival more likely, per News.com.au.

1. Stay south to avoid nuclear warfare

All of the countries with nuclear weapons are in the Northern Northern Hemisphere.

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina are temperate, have plenty of space to get food and are nestled away in a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

Be warned, though -- Alice Springs in Australia is not a great place to avoid conflict. The U.S. has a top secret facility at Pine Gap.

Melbourne, Australia is a pretty good bet, according to News.com.au.

"On The Beach" by Nevil Shute, a popular post-apocalyptic fiction story, takes place in that area, which remains out of reach from radiation clouds.

Antarctica is probably safe, as well, if you like the extreme cold. With supplies, you could last a few months.

2. Know where you can find a local nuclear bunker

According to a United States government paper from 2010, if you are at the site where the bomb hits, you will not survive.

If you are a few miles away, you will see and feel the effects of the blast, and you will have between 10 to 15 minutes to escape the radiation, according to The Sun.

Run as fast as you can to a bunker, and do so with your mouth open so your eardrums don't burst.

3. Strategize to escape the fallout

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in 2010 that there are more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over, according to News.com.au.

Experts aren't certain if that means all living beings or the very earth on which they live.

According to the New York Post, scientists think that all the smoke from atomic detonations could block out the sun and cause a nuclear winter. In that case, the only way to survive may be to go underground.

Millionaires have begun to build bunkers like the Atlas Missile Silo in Kansas.

It could keep 70 people alive for five years with a water tank, hydroponic vegetable garden, generator and wind turbine.

Considering the fact that Bikini Atoll, a location in the Marshall Islands, is still unlivable more than 60 years after America conducted nuclear tests there, they might need to step up their game.

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