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Friday, April 29, 2011

Book: "2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake"

TITLE: 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake
AUTHOR: The Quakebook Community (various writers)
PUBLISHER: Quakebook.org, 2011.

This book is released as an electronic book for the purpose of spreading the message as wide as possible, through a medium as cheaply as possible. It contains short quips, observations and testimonies of the many Japanese victims affected by the reason tsunami. The infamous tsunami hit Japanese shores at 2:46pm on March 11, 2011. Caused by an undersea earthquake on the East of Japan, it devastated homes, buildings, properties, and swept away livestock and people. One thing led to another, and even the world at large are shocked at the widespread disaster, that wiped out basic infrastructures of one of the most earthquake prepared nations in the world.

The book began with a tweet that became a large fundraising initiative. It is helmed by a person that goes under the name "Our man in Abiko." The project is comprised of short messages of about 250 words to a page long story of witnesses, and observers who managed to live through it all. The primary beneficiary is the Japanese Red Cross.

You have various options to download and read the book:

1) Through Sony EPUB download here. (Free but you are encouraged to donate here)

2) Through Amazon kindle here. (Costs $9.99 but 100% goes directly to American Red Cross Japan Fund)

It is a worthy read, and a worthy cause. Note the words of Our Man in Akiko.

"Those of us who live in Japan are in a state of war. But not a war against a nation, or even nature. We are fighting defeat, worry and hopelessness. The question is: Are we strong enough to overcome?"

This book is full of stories. Some are hopeful. Others are shocking. The photographs themselves often tell of a story that words cannot describe.


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