Quakebook 2:46

Today I stumbled upon Quakebook 2:46 — Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake.  It is a retelling of the events surrounding the earthquake, the subsequent disasters in Japan, and how they intimately affected people around the world.

#quakebook.org - A Twitter-sourced charity book about how the Japanese Earthquake at 2:46 on March 11 2011 affected us all. Raising money for the Japan Red Cross.

After reading some of the excerpts I was compelled to buy the book.  To my surprise, I found that you can download the book for free on your Kindle or a Kindle for PC reader. The creative team responsible for Quakebook only asks, “If you can spare a lot, give a lot. If you can’t – we understand, give what you can.”  Also, they will be releasing a physical book for purchase on Amazon in the near future.

What makes this project inspirational to me is that it was created in four weeks.  Technology and Twitter served as the desktop for a group of selfless creators.  Now, the world can feel what it was like, and not just from one or two authors, but from over 80.  This diversity of perspectives makes the book a special kind of documentation.  You are brought into different lives; each story is a personal take on a world-wide event.  My sincere “thank you” to each person who was brave enough to retell their story, so that we might better understand. I highly recommend you read some of the stories, learn about the events, and think about how you can help.

As I type, Mike is at REI buying some supplies for his ride down the California coast.  He will be starting the ride on June 6th at the northern California border.  We expect his trip to last around three weeks and we plan on posting the route map soon.  As we build up to the journey you can follow the blog, the Facebook page, and the Twitter account.  Once Mike is on the road he will keep you updated on his journey and I will continue to post information about Cali Cares and other charitable causes.

Join us as we learn more about Japan, the disaster, California, and what we can all do to help.

-Zane


		
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