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Chris Robinson Built a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Palo Alto Backyard

By: Itai Buenahora - Published: Mar 17, 2014 • References: wired
Chris Robinson introduces the ingenious tsunami-proof pod, built within the comfort of his Palo Alto, California backyard. Though he’s never built a boat or sailed before, and is aware of the unlikelihood of a tidal wave hitting Silicon Valley, Robinson has invested two years of his time towards building a defense for one.

Constructed with plywood and epoxy, this storm-proof capsule measures in at 22 feet long, 10 feet wide and 8.5 feet high.
After witnessing the devastation of the Fukushima disaster and flood-devastated Japan, Robinson made the initiative to be ready for any unexpected natural disaster.

The design was inspired from oil-derrick escape pods and a Canadian artist who constructs wooden spheres that double as hotel rooms. The former Facebook and PayPal art director used Adobe Illustrator to sketch up his tsunamiball plan, and has brought it to life over a two-year span, ensuring his safety for any storm Mother Nature has in store.