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Berea is the 'place to be' for the Apocalypse

Jan. 1: What is the best place to be when the world ends on December 12, 2012?

With less than two years to go, NBC's Mike Leonard set out for the search and found Berea.

The date refers to the end of the Mayan calendar, a year that some think marks the end of the world.

In a segment aired on the first day of the new decade, Leonard of the "Today Show" explores the unique qualities of both Berea the college and the town that would ensure their survival.

Leonard refers to journalist Lawrence Joseph's book which predicts that, of all possible locations, Berea has the best chance to survive the widespread catastrophe of the end of time. "Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization's End" (Amazon) cites Berea College's spiritual and sustainable values and the town's environmental efforts as some of the chief reasons for survival as the world runs out of resources and into doom.

Leonard came to Berea in December last year for a one-day visit but stayed three days to interview, shoot and explore. Below is what he produced:

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