A Japanese home-builder, Kimidori Kenchiku, has invented a tsunami-proof shelter that is shaped like a soccer ball and is capable of holding up to 5 adults. The company said that they developed the product as a way to increase future survival rates after seeing the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami.
The “Baria 4S” was displayed at the 33rd Japan Home & Building Show in Tokyo in 2011 and was a recipient of a Good Design Award.
The watertight capsule is designed to float and can be picked up by a rescue ship, although it is still under testing for such conditions. Ventilation is solar-powered. The pod has a 1.8m diameter and weighs 500 kilograms.
The asking price for one tsunami pod is 1,575,000 Yen (20,200 USD).
This is not the only tsunami-shelter available. Other companies have also started developing similar products: