Hah! My friends make fun of me for insisting that pogo sticks would be good in earthquakes. Same damn principle!
A Japanese company called Air Danshin Systems can make houses fly. Not all the time, and not for particularly long. But when it counts — during an earthquake — the company’s technology canlevitate a house more than an inch off its foundation. That means that while the earth shakes, the house stays safe.
Here’s how it works: an alarm registers an earthquake and turns on the system, which blasts compressed air between the house and its foundation. The air suspends the house for those endless seconds that the earth is quaking. And then the house settles back onto the earthquake-resistant and presumably still-intact foundation.