- a main hatch that opens inwards to prevent any obstruction of exiting
- 5 point harnessed full safety seats - tail bone protection
- crash bar crumple zones around the outside to absorb sudden impacts
- a secondary hatch in the floor in the event that the TSP is pinned upside down
- the doors seal water tight
- viewing windows to help people with claustrophobia
- windows are 1 inch thick
- a crush capacity in excess of 6 tonne
- in the event the pod is washed out to sea, it has exterior flashing beacon lights to attract the attention of rescuers
- enough air capacity for 2.5 hours
- seats can also accommodate infant and child restraints
- lifting hooks to allow helicopter rescue if necessary
- streamline design to prevent the Pod from being snagged on any debris or pinned under the water, even the wheels are designed to detach once floating
- constructed of 4mm spiral welded steel with welded ring frames and painted with a marine epoxy paint to give the Pod longevity
- the 1 inch thick window mounted in the hatch is designed to be removed from the outside allowing rescuers to unlock the hatch in the case of passengers being rendered unconscious
National Radio New Zealand Radio Interview - Tsunami Survival Pod (Audio)
4BC Radio Interview - Tsunami Survival Pod (Audio)
Scientists investigating the earthquakes that have hit Canterbury since September's massive 7.1 tremor last year have found a previously unknown fault line that could trigger a magnitude 7 earthquake in the area.
One hundred and eighty one people lost their lives in a 6.3 magnitude quake on February 22.
Scientists from GNS Science, Niwa, Canterbury University, Otago University and the University of Calgary are involved in a project that aims to understand more about the pattern of aftershocks and shed light on where future earthquakes might occur.
They have estimated the probability of an earthquake of magnitude 6 to 7 happening within the next year at 23 percent for the region, and about 6 percent for the Christchurch city area, GNS Science said.
Please visit this link for the whole article http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/9573184/faultline-that-could-trigger-big-quake-discovered/
This news came just days before the latest Tsunami warning in New Zealand on 6th June 2011.
ARTICLE OF INTEREST - Australian Popular Science Website (Sept 2012)
This Escape Pod Could Save Lives In A Tsunami
Australian business owner Matt Duncan usually builds steel-hulled houseboats, but he was so affected by last year's devastating tsunami in Japan that he's turned his focus to seaworthy survival craft. His bright orange Tsunami Survival Pod can accommodate four people for two and a half hours.
Duncan tells the Gold Coast Bulletin that he couldn't take his eyes off the TV last spring after a tsunami ravaged Japan. "I was home the day the tsunami hit, watching it on television and just thinking, 'What could I have done to save these people?'" he recalled. He watched hours of footage and observed how different objects responded to the action of the waves and the other debris pulled out to sea.
Within a few days, he'd designed this safety pod, using the spiral-welded steel he uses for his houseboats. It has crumple zones to absorb impacts; racing-style seats and five-point safety harnesses for four passengers; a flashing beacon to alert rescuers; and hooks for helicopters to grab and lift it to safety. It even has one-inch-thick polycarbonate windows so you don't feel claustrophobic.
He said the pods will retail for $8,500 in Australian dollars, or about $8,872 USD, and they can fit in an average garage. A tsunami usually comes with at least some warning, so someone could conceivably wheel it out and hop in before the water rises.