Leave it to Japan to come up with the most unconventional solutions to its problems. Due to the amount of power-outages it has been having due to another powerful earthquake that shook the islands South of Tokyo on Saturday evening, it has been determined that bathrooms must be installed inside of elevator lifts to provide portable toilets and emergency drinking water in case anyone becomes trapped for hours during a power outage.
According to industry officials, people were trapped for up to 70 minutes in 14 different elevators before rescuers arrived. Being a nation known for being dependable and reliable, this was simply not a situation the country wants repeated.
Especially when seismologists are estimating that when the “next big one” hits Japan, over 17,000 people could potentially become stuck in elevators without knowing how long it will take for help to arrive.
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