While the rest of us watched in horror as tens of thousands died in the tsunamis of 2004 and 2011, two Seattle aerospace designers felt compelled to build a shelter that could protect people from such devastating natural disasters.
Recently with the massive explosion in China this could be another way of protection.
Since 2011, Julian Sharpe and Scott Hill have actively developed Survival Capsule, a range of pod-like disaster shelters for between two and ten people. While the pair are at pains to note that evacuating is the best plan in such an emergency, the capsules are particularly intended for the very young, the elderly and the infirm who cannot so readily escape.
The capsules also have a one-hour oxygen supply that can get occupants through periods of total submersion, and they have storage space for water and supplies for up to five days so occupants can survive in a disaster zone until help arrives.