Sunday, March 11, 2012

The future of earthquake-resilient housing in Japan

 CCRES promotes Levitating homes 

A Japanese firm is turning to levitation as a means of safeguarding earthquake-prone homes against damaging tremors.
 An in-a-nutshell explanation: When an earthquake hits, a seismic sensor triggers the system and within a second, an air tank blasts a powerful layer of compressed air in between the home and its artificial foundation. As a result, the home lifts from the foundation and hovers in mid-air at around 3 centimeters (a little over an inch). When the shaking subsides, the floating home gently falls back into place.

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