If and when a major Cascadia subduction zone earthquake hits off the Northwest coast, there will be little residents who live there can do except run for the hills to try and take cover from a tsunami.

But Jeanne Johnson gave herself another option. The Long Beach woman became the 1st American to buy a “tsunami survival capsule” that includes fishing gear, flashing beacons, flares, a first aid trauma kit, and enough food and water to last her 40 days.

According to King5, the great Cascadia earthquake is being considered the worst natural disaster to strike North America, even though it has yet to happen. It will come, according to geologists; the only question is when.

Jeanne had been preparing for the future. Her most notable investment was a peculiar 300-pound capsule.

“This is my survival capsule, for tsunami survival,” Jeanne presented.

This is to keep her safe and to be a little sneaky if and when the unthinkable unfolds. She knows she has a safe place to go in case the worst happens.

The cost of the device is about $13,500. Although her neighbors thought she was crazy for investing in the pod, Jeanne says it was worth every penny. She doesn’t even worry about dying anymore.

The 300-pound pod, created by Survival Capsule based in Puget Sound, is big enough to protect her and her dog, Trixey, when The Big One hits.

Julian Sharpe is the President of Survival Capsule, a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) based company. The firm specializes in the concept of a personalized safety system. Julian envisioned the idea of the device against the threat of a Tsunami while spending the weekend with his family in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

His memory was still fresh with the disaster of the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, which claimed the lives of approximately 225,000 people.

According to AWM, thousands of people left comments about the tsunami pod purchase on youtube.

“Just imagine not being able to reach your pod when the tsunami hits. You would have to take it everywhere with you to be 100% safe.”

“Imagine being so scared of death that you buy a tsunami survival pod but still drive a motorcycle.”

“So you would rather be stuck in a ball under a collapsed house, cars, debris, upside down?”

“If she was that worried about tsunamis, wouldn’t it just make more sense to move to somewhere slightly further away from the coast?”

“For those wondering about oxygen, further research says the capsule has an air tank that’ll last an hour if you’re underwater… that being said, this is still a dumb idea.”

“This feels like a story by The Onion. It will keep her safe for the first half-hour to an hour. After that, either she will be swept out into the open ocean, or she will suffocate via the air-tight compartment.”

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Sources: AWM, King5

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