In most countries, people have a belief about where they’d end up if they dug their way through the center of the Earth and popped up on the other side. For people in the USA, they think it’s China. For people in the UK, they think it’s Australia. Australians think it’s somewhere in Europe and hope it’s not the UK because the weather is too terrible there.
But prepare to readjust your childhood belief, as this interactive map will show you where you’d really end up if you were to dig your way through the Earth and somehow don’t get burned to death by the core, or crushed by the intense pressure.
If you’re in the UK, sorry, don’t pack a hat with corks on. One, it’s offensive, and two, you’re going to end up in the ocean just off the south-east coast of New Zealand, not Australia like you’ve been taught.
In fact, there aren’t many places in Europe it’s safe to dig down from. Most European countries lead straight to the ocean. The only really safe place you can travel to from Europe by digging your way down is central Spain.
And where would you end up if you travel from the USA? You guessed it. You’re also ending up in the sea.
The closest place we can find where you’d end up near actual dry land is near Fort McMurray in Canada, which places you on one of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands.
You can try out the map for yourself here, and enter your location to find out your antipode point. The (very cool) site also lists major cities that are antipodes of other major cities. They include:
|Christchurch (New Zealand)||A Coruna (Spain)|
|Hong Kong||La Quiaca (Argentina)|
|Junin (Argentina)||Lianyungang (China)|
|Ulan Ude (Russia)||Puerto Natales (Chile)|
|Padang (Indonesia)||Esmeraldas (Ecuador)|
So before you try and dig your way through the Earth like a supervillain or a crazed mole, take a look at the map and see where you’ll end up. You want to be dressed appropriately upon arrival.