On March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake, measuring 8.9 in magnitude, struck off the northeastern coast of Japan.
The earthquake triggered a 10 metre high tsunami that caused massive destruction across the districts of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate.
Around 19,000 people died and half a million were left homeless. 210,000 people were evacuated from the area around the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was damaged during the tsunami, and many were left without proper shelter, water, food or heat for days.
The scale of the devastation was so enormous that the Japanese government called for international assistance. Within a day, ShelterBox had sent a response team, made of volunteers from Australia, France and the US, to the country, where we were one of the first aid organisations to arrive.
Four days later, the first ShelterBoxes arrived in Japan and the response team worked with the British Embassy and the British and US military to help deliver shelter to families without homes.
The team faced damaged roads, power failures, deep snow and plummeting temperatures. However, local Rotarians and authorities provided vital logistical support to help them respond quickly and efficiently.
This slideshow reveals the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and also shows some of the communities we were able to provide with ShelterBox aid.