"If everyone wrote 250 words -- one page -- or submitted their favourite (original) tweets, pics or artwork, I could edit, publish it in days," added the resident of Chiba Prefecture just east of Tokyo, who prefers to keep his identity secret to preserve the collaborative spirit of the project. "I was having a shower thinking, here we are relatively unscathed and we're doing nothing and it's infuriating," he told AFP.
"The reason it works is because we all want to do something. It's very therapeutic for people to tell their stories. They feel like they've been ignored or forgotten," its creator said. "It's been great. You realise you're not alone. And that's maybe even more valuable than anything else." The project has received dozens of contributions from Japanese nationals, expatriates as well as people watching the tragedy unfold from overseas.
The 9.0-magnitude earthquake which crashed into Japan's northeast coast at 2:46 pm on March 11 has now left more than 28,000 people dead or missing and triggered a nuclear emergency at the Fukushima power plant. Hundreds of thousands more have been left homeless and are now living in temporary shelters, while many others have been affected by food shortages and rolling power blackouts.
Please don't abandon Fukushima," she pleaded. It's a project that would not have been possible in such a short space of time before the explosion in social networking sites like Twitter. "We've talked to people in Fukushima and Miyagi (another devastated area), all through tweeting, blogging and through technology," the Quakebook creator said.
"I think people are responding because we are amateurs. People are opening up. We finished it in one week so memories are fresh and the emotions are still raw." "Quakebook (2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake)" will be available soon to download online via the blog site and later in a print edition, possibly through Amazon, with proceeds going to the Red Cross. (AFP)