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Forget bomb shelters, 'tsunami survival capsules' could be the new thing in Japan

The spherical capsules are designed to deflect debris strikes.

Source: AFP news agency/YouTube

MORE THAN THREE years after the earthquake and tsunami that caused close to 20,000 deaths in Japan, scientist there are working with a US company to build ‘tsunami survival capsules’ to save lives.

US-based Survival Capsule LLC is behind the most advanced of the concept and their two-man design is currently in the process of being increased to hold at least 10 people.

It’s envisaged that the capsules could ultimately be placed on the top of public buildings or houses and be used as a safe haven during a tsunami’s onslaught.

The designers say that the debris field floating in the water is the most dangerous aspect to a tsunami and the spherical shape would deflect strikes from sharp and heavy objects.

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