A holiday resort made of 480 styrofoam domes proved it was more than just clever marketing last April when an earthquake struck the city of Kumamoto, Japan, said Chizu Moriyama from ASO Farm Land's PR deparment, Monday. Moriyama said the domes are strong, durable and their lack of supporting pillars make them earthquake-resistant. “When the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes happened, we encountered... Еще very big shocks. However, the dome is light and round, so it was absorbing the quakes without any collapsing, so we were able to accept the evacuees at that time,» Moriyama explained. Japan is prone to earthquakes given that it lies on the meeting point of several continental plates, and on April 16, 2016, a magnitude 7.0 main shock struck the city following a foreshock two days earlier. The two earthquakes killed at least 49 people and injured some 3,000 others. Many buildings in the Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures collapsed and caught fire, and more than 44,000 people were evacuated from their homes due to the disaster. Thousands of evacuees are still living in temporary housing. The stock of the foam dome rose quickly, not just due to their earthquake resistant properties, but also their cheap manufacturing costs, quick construction time and insulation. A dome house can be put together in just one week by a team of three people and the price is between ¥7 million and ¥8 million for a house with a three-metre-high ceiling. The village is part of the Aso Farm Land resort where visitors can enjoy hotsprings, variously fun-themed domes as well as a petting zoo with flamigos, parrots and capybara.