After the fact (2016):
Overall, those I checked the design with in 2010 DID believe it was feasible, EXCEPT for having doubts that anyone or organization (including in government) would find enough money for it. I realized later that I had not presented my arguments against that aspect well, and possibly to people with politically influenced motivations about the funding of such projects. The project presentation included suggestions - a growing number at the time - for smaller and simpler designs, and kits for which, some of which could be "homemade" designs- at least for mechanically capable individuals. I didn't think of it then, but the idea could also be extrapolated to provide for larger numbers of people. On the other hand, the smaller rounded units were designed to actually "roll with the punches" as much as they were to resist them - a dynamic more difficult to build into larger designs. Banks of smaller units would be more expensive than one larger one, of course. But when we are considering how to survive a quake of such a size, as to be unquantifiable in practical terms for assessment of damage and other effects on [whatever] in the Northwest's terrain and infrastructure... Well, the decisions about how much to budget for such a project can, I imagine, boggle the minds of the best informed of the more caring officials. In any case, I put this design proposal on the web in hopes that there may be those that have both the technical and other necessary know-how and connections to consider the idea, and, if finding it worthwhile, possibly implement the project in time for "the big one."
Some good news & design variations:
Note that, a few years later in 2012, web searching led me to discover that many similar ideas/ inventions had since arisen, apparently mainly in response to the quake in Fukushima. Many of them were designs for surviving flood waters and radio-activity, and/or a time of floating out at sea, where they would be (ideally) be rescued before provisions or the pod's structural integrity or flood-resistance failed. From this, I can extrapolate for a a design that incorporates the best of the QBX/QEPs designs and temporary sea-worthiness - for "bounce-&-bobble-capacity."(!) No doubt, adding this capability could greatly increase the cost. On the other hand, there could be varying designs with some more based on their being used where there is more likely to be flooding, and others for where their is more likely to be longer falls and harder collisions. And so on.
~Chris Pringer, September 2016