By David Pan
Edmonds Beacon 

Worried about the Big One? Consider a tsunami capsule


Last updated 10/20/2021 at 3:28pm

Courtesy of Julian Sharpe

Survival Capsule president Julian Sharpe (right) visits with Jay Leno during an upcoming appearance on "Jay Leno's Garage" television program, which will be broadcast this fall.

When the Cascadia Subduction Zone rips and shakes Edmonds and Puget Sound – and possibly unleashes a deadly tsunami – will you be ready? It's been 321 years and counting since the last slip.

There are steps you can take to prepare, sure. But if you really want to be safe, and have oodles of money, a survival capsule created by a neighbor to the north may be your answer.

A what?

This month, after more than a decade of design and development, the Mukilteo-based company is ready to begin mass production of the first of its kind survival capsules designed to help save lives from tsunamis and earthquakes.

The survival capsules give you the option of sheltering in place to ride out a natural disaster rather than two time-tested options – horizontal or vertical evacuation.

"You can either run or climb a vertical tower or get to high ground or a building," said Survival Capsule president Julian Sharpe.

He offers another option.

"The people who die don't have either of those options. For whatever reason, nothing is available. They're injured or disabled. Too young or too old. That's our market. A third alternative is to ride it out, shelter in place, and have something on your property that you can jump into quickly."

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