Nuclear Sirens

Off the chart on weirdness but something which is not so much seen as heard. On the first Monday of every month the klaxons are sounded across Amsterdam at noon testing the cities nuclear early warning system, to say this is not an eery experience is an understatement.

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  • Craig said:

    Als u een korte reis zou ik niet aanraden te gaan hier. Niet genoeg om te zien en betere plaatsen om te bezoeken in een weekend.

  • Helena said:

    Thanks for your comment Craig. For those who cannot read dutch the comment is…”If you have a short trip I would not recommend going here. Not enough to see and better places to visit in a weekend.” This was Paul’s entry Craig and I have to say I agree with you. Not a very girlie thing to do anyway ;)

  • Dan Lake said:

    Jesus! We, on our bikes in Vondelpark were totally freaked out hearing the sirens, it’s good to know it was a test, but not sure what use a siren would be in the case of a nuclear attack!

  • admin (author) said:

    Thanks for the comment Dan! Yeah it’s pretty nerve wracking if you hear the sirens when you don’t expect them or even know they exist! Nothing like an unexpected surprise on your holidays! ;)

  • Alex said:

    Hey guys.. I just heard the siren at 12noon, monday August 6th. Im living in Osdorp, about 25 mins away from city centre of Amsterdam. Its the first time im witnessing this strange noise and when the world is already in the state that it is, its a little worrying to know that we are being conditioned already for a nuclear attack.. I think if you hear the noise any other time than monday at noon, try to get underground, and if your with some one you love give them a big hug and tell them all the things you never had a chance to.

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