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Japan`s answer to next tsunami: Mini-Noah`s Ark

Last Updated: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 23:28

Tokyo: A small Japanese company has developed a modern, miniature version of Noah`s Ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami: a floating capsule that looks like a huge tennis ball.

Japan`s Cosmo Power says its "Noah" shelter is made of enhanced fiberglass that can save users from disasters like the one on March 11 that devastated Japan`s northern coast, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

Company president Shoji Tanaka says the capsule can hold four adults, and that it has survived many crash tests. It has a small lookout window and breathing holes on top. It also can be used as a toy house for children.

The company completed the capsule earlier this month and already has 600 orders, including two delivered.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 23:28
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