Survival capsule designed to withstand tsunamis and earthquakes gets first buyer

She has been experimenting with the quickest way to get into the capsule for an experience she admits she's not keen to take.

Carmelo Sheppard | May 11, 2017

   

A woman in Washington's Long Beach Peninsula has become the first person to invest in The Survival Capsule, a giant ball that has been designed to provide shelter from earthquakes or tsunamis.

Ms. Jeanne Johnson, a Microsoft employee from New Orleans, is the first person to invest in the $13,500 contraption, although she has admitted she's dreading testing out.

She has been experimenting with the quickest way to get into the capsule for an experience she admits she's not keen to take.

"It's going to be terrible, but its better than the alternative," Ms. Johnson said to the Seattle Times, adding that she bought it to get peace of mind.

The capsule features two small windows so the occupants can see what is going on around them.

It was manufactured to provide individual group and families more control of their survival in emergency situations than traditional 'safe houses' can provide.

Julian Sharpe, the founder of the Survival Capsule, says that the device gives people an option of having a security system on their property which is easily accessible day or night.

"It gives the family a safe security they wouldn't otherwise have," Sharpe said.

The designers say that the capsule is created as a "variable disaster solution."

The capsule floats, so it never gets inundated by water levels rising too high, as they do during tsunamis.

It also contains a self-righting system that utilizes water bladders in the bottom, preventing it from rolling upside down.

Made from a hardened aluminum shell and frame, the capsule is also insulated to keep the occupants warm.

It is intended to keep residents safe during the post-disaster period before rescue workers appear on the scene.

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