The Tsunami Escape Pod

by Mark R

I’m sure that some of our readers are still dealing with the damage of the Tsunami that hit Japan. It is difficult to prepare for a catastrophe like that, but two Boeing engineers are working on a way with the Tsunami capsule.

I realize that the picture here is a really bad mock-up, but you can see how it would work. It is essentially a 7-foot ball that is made for a family of six. These six people would strap themselves in at the first sign of a tsunami, which I am guessing is when the tide recedes.

When the big wave strikes, what follows is probably one of the most thrilling and expensive amusement park rides ever. This ball will undoubtedly be crashing and bobbing up in the water, but it would eventually settle down.

Engineers Julian Sharpe and Scott Hill actually conceived the idea of the Tsunami Escape Pod several years ago during a tsunami warning at Cannon Beach, Oregon. Their concept is currently under development after the unfortunate events in Japan.

The plan is to have these Tsunami capsules hit the market in about two years for a price of about $1,000 each. I suppose we are looking forward to an era where all homes by the beach have one of these. Think of them as the fallout shelter for a potential Tsunami generation.


3 reviews or comments

Douglas Says: July 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

Looks like a great concept! Hope this actually materializes.

ARizzo Says: July 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Speaking as an emergency manager, this idea is insane. Not in the “wow, what a clever idea!” type of insane, but rather, “gee, I hope their heirs have a good lawyer” type of insane. Because this idea will get people killed. For one thing, the tsunami surges last up to 12 hours, not 1-2, as noted in the article above. The debris load will be huge, as a look at the images of the debris left behind in Sendai will attest. The bubble will be covered with yards and yards and tons of debris, trapping the occupants. And there is a great likelihood of the bubble being ripped from any mooring, taking the bubble out to sea. Think of all the houses, which were firmly attached to foundations that were taken to sea by the Tohoku tsunami.

Heidiesharpe Sharpe Says: June 28, 2013 at 6:33 am

You should do a follow up. First 10 capsules sold. Shipping first one to Sendia in August for a disaster preparedness expo. Thanks for your support!!!!

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