As people across the globe tremble in anticipation of this week’s supposed Mayan-predicted apocalypse, a former Chinese farmer and furniture maker inspected his latest creation, a sphere several meters tall he calls “Noah’s Ark”, designed to withstand towering tsunamis and devastating earthquakes. Previously, we have seen expects building a yellow spherical rescue capsule before doomsday arrives. Liu Qiyuan, aged 45, has now completed six pods, made by fiberglass casing over a steel frame and cost him a total of US$280,000. The pods are equipped with oxygen tanks, food and water supplies. It can carry 14 people at a time, come with seat belts, essential for staying safe in storms. The farmer came up with the design after watching the 2009 Hollywood disaster film 2012 …
Liu said that if there is really some kind of apocalypse, then he has already made a contribution to the survival of humanity. Apocalyptic predictions have provoked widespread fears among believers, including in China, where two rural counties sold out of candles this month after a panic that three days of darkness would begin on 21 December. Chinese authorities have sought to reassure the people, with police force publishing an online notice stating that “the so-called end of the world is a rumor”, and advising citizens to use “scientific concepts” to look closely at the event.
SOURCE: chinanews.com (Chinese content)
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