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The 'Tsunami Proof' Home

The house that can survive a TSUNAMI:  waves flow through the building to save it from being washed away (and it's earthquake-proof too).

Back in 1820, a landslide on Washington's Camano Island sent a 13ft wave into nearby Hat Island.  The wave destroyed homes and many of the locals drowned. 

Now a designer has created a concept house that allows water to flow through it.  It's all an attempt to protect today's residents from the same fate of years ago.

The house is located on the northern end of the island, and is a little more than 3000 square feet.  It's designed by architect Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest Architects. 

It's dubbed the 'Tsunami House.'  It stands at about 30ft tall, and it can withstand the impact of waves with heights up to 8ft.  It can also withstand an earthquake up to 7.8 and lateral winds up to 85mph. 

The home's two main floors are 9ft above ground.  They are supported by a steel frame and pillars. 

The gaps between the columns are filled in with clear glass doors that slide shut and are designed to break with ease under the force of flooding.  This would allow the water to flow through the bottom chamber and out the opposite side.  This reduces force and reduces pressure on the columns. 

If the building was a solid wall instead, the whole home would collapse under the pressure of a big wave. 



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