On 11 March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck 120 kilometres off Japan’s northeastern coast, triggering a massive tsunami that caused catastrophic scenes of destruction across the districts of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. Around 19,000 people lost their lives and about half a million were made homeless.
ShelterBox responded within 24 hours by having a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) on the ground assessing the situation, and after several weeks, had distributed aid for tens of thousands of people.
This video highlights some of the ways ShelterBox helped support communities who had lost their homes. It includes commentary from SRT volunteer Chris Alderson, who lives in Japan and acted as a guide and translator for ShelterBox in the aftermath of the disaster.
Three years on, ShelterBox remembers those people affected by the disaster and would like to thanks its supporters once again for uniting to help bring emergency aid to these families.