Disaster looming? Jump into your evac lemon
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If you have nowhere to run in a typhoon, flood, tsunami, or earthquake, break out the evacuation lemon.
The Noah personal evacuation shelter is an oblong sphere that can fit four adults. It will automatically right itself in water and stay afloat if carried off by a tsunami.
Made in Japan from tough fiberglass-reinforced plastic, it can take blows from a 220-pound iron block and survive a 33-foot drop into water.
The Noah weighs about 150 pounds, is about 5 feet across, and has an interior pole for support.
Cosmopower President Shoji Tanaka came up with the concept four years ago. The firm received many inquiries after the March 11 earthquake and tsunamis that battered northern Japan.
“I hope the Noah shelters will serve as a contemporary version of Noah’s Ark,” the Asahi quoted Tanaka as saying.
A production model for the shelter, which… [Read more]
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