A violent 9.2 earthquake rocks Tokyo. Hiroshi and Keiko survive and, remembering the huge tsunami that followed Japan’s 2011 megaquake, scramble outside.
There, supported on a ring-shaped base, sits their survival capsule – round, bright orange, made of tubular metal and aluminum skin. They climb inside, seal the watertight door behind them, and strap into their cramped seats. Keiko glances under hers to make sure the air tanks and water containers are secure.
Then they wait. Hiroshi peers through the sphere’s lone window at the horizon, bracing for a destructive flood he hopes never arrives.
It’s not science fiction. IDEA International of Mukilteo has engineered two-person tsunami survival capsules now in production and marketed in Japan. The concept is for users to ride out, rather than flee from, the surging deluge that often follows megaquakes. The capsule’s spherical shape and stout construction should resist impacts and dissipate heat quickly. Read the Everett Herald article.