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Japanese Dome Houses Protect Residents from Earthquakes

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In 2016, a series of earthquakes hit Kumamoto, Japan, killing 50 people and injuring another 3,000. The incident sparked interest in homes that could survive such an event, with sales surging for the Japan Dome Houses that had been on the market for more than 15 years.

The homes are made from Styrofoam, which is the same product that keeps to-go food and coffee warm. For the houses, the inventors are using a strengthened form of Styrofoam that is both stronger and more compact. The homes are modular, being fitted together in only a week. Each piece weighs about 176 pounds. Not only are the homes stronger in an earthquake, but they’re also less expensive to build than traditional housing (approximately $70,000 USD). The homes are small, measuring at about 387 square feet with a ceiling of less than ten feet. Due to the material’s insulating ability, the homes are also more eco-friendly than traditional houses.

Unfortunately, Styrofoam has earned a bit of controversy. The material’s generic form, polystyrene, has been banned in some countries due to its possible carcinogen properties. However, the developers say that their materials are coated with an antioxidant solution that helps protect occupants against any cancer risks from the materials.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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