Disaster in Japan - through the eyes of TYPO3 community members

March 19, 2011

Category: Community
Author: Fumiki Kanno, Thomas Schläpfer, Hidefumi Okumura ans Ichitaro Tsuji

It has past now 1 week since a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Northern Japan. Nature shocked us all not only by shaking the earth we built our houses onto and walk with our feet, it sent also a disruptive 10 meter high tsunami wave traveling up to 10 km inland along the east coast. Fire was spread and - as it would not be already enough - then also invisible radiation was detected in the air coming from a nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. Earth, water, fire and air! The 2011 Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin was the most powerful earthquake ever hit Japan, and one of the four most powerful earthquakes ever in the world since modern recording began.

Chiba/Tokyo - 19 March 2010

We are deeply saddened for the thousands of lives lost by the disaster in Japan. To all survivors and people still not in safety, please accept our sincere sympathy.

The Japanese TYPO3 community conducted not long ago the TYPO3 Community Day in Tokyo on 18 February 2011 with a following T3SKI11 weekend in Hakuba, Nagano. Beside an increased crowd of Japanese participants, we could also welcome more international visitors from Canada, Germany, Switzerland (and via Skype). It was a great exchange of information, culture and friendship. But only 1 month later, we all are shocked by this unprecedented disaster.

We hear from our friends and fellow community members abroad words of great sympathy and encouragement. As we all are located at various places within Japan, the earthquake had a different impact on our life and family. We have collected 4 short statements of TYPO3 users in Japan:






ぜひTYPO3な皆さまから日本を応援してください。宜しくお願い致します。Pray for Japan.

-- Fumiki Kanno @styletune, Tokyo

The first days were full of worries to stay safe, assure the contact to family and friends but also collect the right information to somehow judge what is exactly going on. It was full of fears. On Monday, I went back to the office and was relieved to see it is safe. Yet the situation outside the office was different, lots of soil liquefaction and cracks I discovered. But it could have been much worse thinking of Northern Japan. For the rest of the week, I decided to operate remotely and take the precautionary measure to shut down all devices, also to conserve (if only a little) energy.

I decided not to leave the country. I have great respect and trust in the Japanese people! They always stayed calm, did not panic, were supportive and helpful... even in such absolute uncertainty. Ganbaro Nihon! Together we will overcome this.

-- Thomas Schläpfer @snowflakeJapan, Chiba/Tokyo





-- Hidefumi Okumura @hk_okumura, Kyoto

The history's worst earthquake and tsunami left deep scars to the eastern coastline of Japan. Many towns and villages have disappeared, a huge number of human lives were lost, and there are yet a lot of people waiting for rescue. I was in Kyoto, which is located 700 kilometers away from the epicenter, but still felt the quake.

The disaster may affect Japanese people and economy badly. However, we have got words of concern and encouragement from many people from various countries. We shall rise above the difficult situation supported by the warmth of your voice.

-- Ichitaro Tsuji @ichitarot, Kyoto

And what words can only hardly describe, pictures will tell (credits: theatlantic.com).

Earthquake in Japan:


The Aftermath:


Rescue, Recovery and Reaction:


The Struggle to Recover:


Facebook pictures by Thomas Schläpfer: on.fb.me/e1TrDE

Reference site of Wikipedia is http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/14/501364/main20043126.shtml

We are happy and thankful for the contacts and support received by the international TYPO3 community. Our help and support goes to fellow citizens less lucky than us, still having no water, no food, no shelter. If you wish to help, please support a charity organization and make a monetary donation.

Two ways to help (beside many others)

Donation to the Japanese Red Cross:


A privately organized donation dedicated directly to local charities or surviving victims:


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