Engineers have been creating floating structures to protect buildings and people in the event of a major earthquake.
Dubbed ‘floating domes’, the structures have been developed in Canada by engineering company SEDAR and built to withstand earthquakes and sea level rise.
The floating structures are being designed to withstand extreme winds and tsunamsis.
SEDR’s lead engineer, Daniel Souto, said it would be impossible to design the structures without seismic resistance.
“In the worst case scenario, we are talking about a wave hitting the roof of a building and we could lose power,” he told ABC News.
“It would be an epic failure for all of us, and I think that’s what makes these structures so special.”
I’ve been in the business of building floating domes for over 20 years, and they’ve never failed me.
“The structures have an estimated lifespan of 20 years.
The structures are designed to be built of high-strength, rigid concrete.
The SEDER engineers have built more than 500 floating domices to date.
Souti said the structures can be used for disaster relief, to help reduce the amount of flooding in coastal areas, and to reduce the damage caused by tsunamides.