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Posted: 10/1/2011 7:31:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2011 7:31:20 AM EST by Mal_means_bad]


Engineering company Cosmo says its "Noah" shelter is made from enhanced fibreglass and could save users from disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March that devastated Japan's northern coast and left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

The company's president, Shoji Tanaka, said the capsule could hold four adults and had survived many crash tests.

It has a lookout window and breathing holes, and could also be used as a toy house for children.

The company said it had completed the capsule earlier this month and had received 600 orders.


Better be some thick fiberglass. A snorkel and some comms would be a nice touch.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 8:38:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mal_means_bad:
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/9/30/1317383447307/Shoji-Tanaka-007.jpg

Engineering company Cosmo says its "Noah" shelter is made from enhanced fibreglass and could save users from disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March that devastated Japan's northern coast and left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

The company's president, Shoji Tanaka, said the capsule could hold four adults and had survived many crash tests.

It has a lookout window and breathing holes, and could also be used as a toy house for children.

The company said it had completed the capsule earlier this month and had received 600 orders.


Better be some thick fiberglass. A snorkel and some comms would be a nice touch.


As would puke bags.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 8:52:13 AM EST
The company's president, Shoji Tanaka, said the capsule could hold four adults and had survived many crash tests.


Do they mean 4 adult DOGS?



Speed
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:06:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By speedracer422:
The company's president, Shoji Tanaka, said the capsule could hold four adults and had survived many crash tests.


Do they mean 4 adult DOGS?


4 Japanese = 1.6 Americans
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:14:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2011 9:17:37 AM EST by CarbineDad]
To be an earthquake shelter, you have to be IN it when the eathquake hits.

Wonder if it could be wired up like a Japanese capsule hotel room berth


ETA: You know, that is probably tighter than D_T's BO Trailer.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:28:44 AM EST
Air holes? What if you get buried by a massive wave of debris?
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:41:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By CarbineDad:
To be an earthquake shelter, you have to be IN it when the eathquake hits.


The Japanese have an automatic earthquake detection and warning system, if a seismograph near the epicenter trips it sends instant messages to everyone. The calls outrun the really damaging seismic waves by anywhere from a few seconds to a couple minutes. Enough time if you're both lucky and well drilled.


http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2059780,00.html#ixzz1ZYaWhJHO
Last Friday's historic earthquake struck off Japan's northeast coast at 2:46:45 local time. It took just seconds for a seismometer located on land, closest to the epicenter, to detect enough signals to determine an alert was necessary. The alert was automatically issued at 2:46:48 via locations such as factories, schools, TV networks, radio stations and mobile phones. Professor Watanabe's cell phone buzzed seconds later thanks to a technology called the Area Mail Disaster Information Service.

Damaging S-waves travel at about 2½ miles (4 km) per second.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:49:59 AM EST
Sure they will keep you safe in a tsunimi ....as your ass is washed out to sea to die of thirst in a few days.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:57:24 AM EST
Is that with or without your boots and rifles...
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 10:42:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 10:52:36 AM EST
Fail
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 10:56:36 AM EST
It needs some sort of ELT.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 10:57:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By SFENDER:
Fail


+1

I wanna see that guy try and get in or out of that thing on a hill hahahaha
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 11:01:17 AM EST
like big Poke' balls...



Shoji Tanaka, I choose you !

Link Posted: 10/1/2011 11:54:07 AM EST
I think id rather be dead than washed out to sea in a yellow ball to suffocate or wind up drowning anyway
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 12:12:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Waldo:

Could you imagine the puke factor from four people bobbing around the ocean inside that? You'd all be facing each other, spewing.

First thought that crossed my mind!
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 12:36:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dead-As-Dillinger:
Air holes? What if you get buried by a massive wave of debris?

Then it makes a handy coffin.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 4:05:46 PM EST
hmmmm test Niagara Falls it would be a great PR stunt.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 4:29:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By Waldo:

Could you imagine the puke factor from four people bobbing around the ocean inside that? You'd all be facing each other, spewing.


go on...

TRG
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 4:32:27 PM EST
Scrambled egg still in the shell.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 4:35:25 PM EST
I thought the boat camper pos thing was a death trap.

This takes it to another level
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 4:44:29 PM EST
would suck to be in one buried under 3 tons of debris. until they find you 3 weeks later.....
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