Japanese firm to market personal-sized tsunami escape pod

By Muriel Kane
Friday, October 7, 2011 20:00 EDT
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A Japanese company is marketing a family-sized earthquake and tsunami escape pod to clients who fear a repeat of the disasters that hit Japan earlier this year.

The bright yellow, spherical fiberglass pod is manufactured by New Cosmo Power. and has been named “Noah.” It costs $3900 for the four-person size and more for larger versions.

“The more people know about it, the more they will be able to obtain this product according to their needs,” company President Shoji Tanaka claims. “This is the only shelter that guarantees protection from any natural disaster.”

The company has already sold two of the pods and says it has another 700 orders, some of them from fishermen who see the pod as a potential lifeboat.

This video is from Reuters, posted October 7, 2011.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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