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This survival pod is disaster-proof

Owners of beachfront properties can now rest easier. With the Survival Capsule ($13,500), a watertight aluminum pod created by a Seattle-area aerospace engineer, there's not a hurricane, earthquake, or even tsunami that can't be waited out. Made of aircraft-grade metal, the capsule is equipped with bulletproof porthole windows, a GPS beacon, air canisters, and two pilot-style seats (larger models are in the works). The capsule can withstand 40,000 pounds of pressure, according to designer Julian Sharpe. His first customer, a Microsoft executive, will be attaching hers to a long steel tether so rescuers will be able to find her.