Japan envisions ‘Noah’s Ark’ solution to tsunamis

Japan's Ministry of Land announced last week that it will develop an enclosed lifeboat in which it says coastal residents could ride out a massive tsunami.

According to the ministry's Shikoku bureau, the vessel will accommodate 25 people and measure about 6.5 metres in length with a beam of 2.3 metres and weighing 2.5 tonnes.

The craft will feature a structure to protect the passengers from expected severe swaying.

Under the plan, a prototype will be developed by January and completed by the end of March after tests, including trials at sea.

Starting next fiscal year, the bureau will urge private-sector firms to manufacture vessels based on the prototype and encourage purchases by local governments. The cost is estimated at several million yen apiece.

Source: The Nikkei

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