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Floating tsunami capsule is designed to save lives


October 4, 2011

The floating Noah capsule is designed to be used in the event of earthquakes or tsunamis (image from New Cosmopower)

The floating Noah capsule is designed to be used in the event of earthquakes or tsunamis (image from New Cosmopower)

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New Cosmopower, a small Japanese company, has created a floating capsule to be used in the event of earthquakes or tsunamis. Following the devastating loss of life during the Tohoku earthquake in March this year, the "Noah" capsule was designed to preserve life in the face of another major catastrophe - just like its biblical namesake.

The bright yellow capsule, made from enhanced fiberglass, can house up to four adults and is water- and fire-resistant. It also features a porthole window, air vents, and a bright exterior for easy recognition in the water. "A yellow shelter is likely to be found because of the high luminance in the sea," says Cosmopower.

The shape of the shelter also provides a strong external surface, resilient to hits, shock and landslides.

The Noah capsule is now available from New Cosmopower, which is also in the process of developing a group capsule that will accommodate up to 12 adults.

Source: The Huffington Post

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I agree with Mr Stiffy that the hatch on the capsule is too fragile for the job. All things considered, I don\'t like being a pinball either. Given the choice I\'ll take a boat with a sturdy V hull and a big airboat engine.


Hmm it needs a climb in top, and a flat flush mounting door, that uses a 45 - 60* tapered seat, so the door and body become one spherical chamber.

Although it will bob around like a cork - all the heavy timbers and things, in the giant washing machine called a tsunami - they can easily tear off the hatch.

Mr Stiffy

You really want to test this thing? Put someone in it and send it over Niagra Falls. If it survives that then it should survive a Tsunami.

Jeff K

I don\'t read Japanese but it seem to me that if it has air vents it must have a way for water ingress as well, I think it would get \"quite stuffy\" with four people hyperventaliting inside, trapped in a land slide or underwater. I am with Slowburn give me a Dory.

Gus F
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