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Anti earthquake innovation 'Noah capsule'

Anti earthquake innovation 'Noah capsule'

A Japanese engineering company has built an earthquake-resistant bed, Wood Luck, that can protect sleep people at the time of disaster. While earthquakes in Japan are frequent and deadly, Shinko Industries has come up with a novelty in making a super-sturdy and earthquake-resistant bed that can provide better shelter than a table or desk as it can withstand 65 tons of pressure from falling rubble. According to Condo News Online, Shinko Industries has also unveiled another anti-earthquake innovation named Noah capsule which is a tsunami escape pod that looks like a big ball and float. The saving life capsule can hold up to four people. Since the devastating quake and tsunami in March, 2011, many Japanese companies have focused on innovative ways to use household objects as aids in the disasters. As about one-fifth of the world's massive earthquakes occur in Japan, on March 11, 2011 a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan's main island set off a devastating tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks. The tragic event triggered one of the worst nuclear disasters in the world, crippling Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. Japan is located on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and dotted with volcanoes. Tokyo is in one of Japan's most dangerous areas. The Japanese capital sits on the intersection of three continental plates -- the Eurasian, Pacific and Philippine Sea plates -- which are slowly grinding against each other, building up enormous seismic pressure. FGP/PKH