Floating "Noah's Ark" Capsule Saves Lives In Tsunamis


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We have bomb shelters, cellars for when tornadoes hit, houses on stilts for floods... but what do we really have in the case of a tsunami? New Comsopower, a Japanese company, has come up with a novel safety measure for surviving such a disaster. It's called Noah, a capsule that's designed to bob in the water until the contents reach safety. While it's designed for people, could it be possible that this may really act as an ark?Noah is a 4-foot diameter fiberglass capsule that can fit up to four adults. Should an earthquake or tsunami occur, people can escape into the capsule and be protected from whatever is about to go down. The capsule has been tested to withstand quite a beating, and includes a lookout window and breathing holes. It can also be located by rescuers thanks to the bright yellow color -- if rescuers know what to look for.

The only thing it doesn't seem to be able to withstand is fire. While the capsule won't melt, apparently the residents of the capsule would probably cook. Also, it is made so that it bobs upright in water should it be washed out to sea, so that the residents aren't constantly spinning in different directions with the push of waves. I still imagine one would be mighty sea sick in one of these.

Obvious questions are how air flow really works -- if there are breathing holes, are they able to be shut and made water tight in case the capsule needs to be used in the middle of a storm or tsunami? And if so, then how do the folks inside get the oxygen they need to survive? The company's website is a little difficult to understand, even with Google Translate. Even so, the capsule seems like a novel idea and I'm left wondering one thing -- can it be used for saving animals and plants as well?

Considering the capsule is called Noah, I'm curious if these could be designed for animals, plants and other contents and provided to zoos, farmers with seeds to store in case of disaster, botanical gardens with rare plants, and other places that are trusted with protecting life. Just something to think about...

Already the company has 600 orders for the capsules, and each cost $3,900 US, and according to Huffington Post, they've already delivered two. Looks like yep, it's a real product. While we'd love for these things to never need to be used, odds are good there will be situations in the future where they might come in handy. It'll be interesting to see if they do indeed help save lives.


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