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    Default After the Quake at the Apple Store in Tokyo


    The founder of Digg, Kevin Rose recently received an e-mail from a friend working at an Apple Store in Tokyo, Japan, detailing the steps that Apple employees took right after the devastating 8.9 earthquake that struck last Friday afternoon. His friend details how the staff stayed calm as the building swayed and how they led people from the top five floors of the building, down to the first floor where they took shelter under the large wooden display tables that are a staple at every Apple Store in the world. As the earthquake hit these tables offered everyone protection from potential injury. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported at this Apple Store location.

    The Apple Store is one of the few places in Tokyo that offers customers free Wi-Fi service, so people flocked to the store to contact family members. Apple employees not only kept the store open, but the staff brought out surge protectors and extension cords to help people keep their devices charged and running. They also offered assistance to few Android users as well. Even after the store closed at 10pm, people crowded around outside the store to use it’s free Wi-Fi, long into the night. Although the store closed at 10pm, some employees stayed up until 3am helping people stay in contact with their relatives and also offering tech support when needed.

    The e-mail goes on to say, “Because the trains and phones were down, almost everyone who worked in Tokyo was stranded deep in the city. All the hotels were booked, the roads were jammed, so hundreds of people were instantly homeless. Apple told all of their staff - Retail AND Corporate - that they could go sleep at the Apple stores. The Senior managers at the stores had been notified earlier and unbeknownst to us, had gone out to stock up on food and drinks after the very first quake hit.”

    The Apple store in Tokyo continues to offer help connecting friends and relatives to one another during this difficult time. With so much devastation all around them, just knowing that family members are alive and well can make all the difference in the world.

    Source: kevinrose blogg

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    Wow that's nice of them good to see them working together.

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    That's awesome. Good for them. Truly good for them.

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    I'm glad it only took an earthquake for android and iOS users to coexist, I bet there was still my phone is better then your phone arguments though

    PS. All the people who are going to flame me for making a joke, chill out laughter is the best medicine. I wish japan the best in this horrible time.

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    It's worth mentioning that everyone should have a good read of the blog post in the source link. It goes into great detail on what Apple has done to help people in need.

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    It is worth taking a look at the source blog to see more stories about this.

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    The quake has been upgraded to a 9.0 by the USGS, making it the 5th largest Earthquake ever recorded.

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    That is awesome beyond all measures...great job for all those who stayed and help in Tokyo ,Apple store.I am still planing to move to Tokyo

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    This wasn't real apple store. It's apple retailer store located at AKIHABARA.

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    Apple is doing a great thing over in Japan during this awful time. Glad to see those strong wooden tables came in handy during the quake, thats awesome. Wish everyone effected by this disaster the best! The source blog is terrific, thank you!

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    good job apple

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    Glad no one was hurt, sad about the 000s that perished.

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    I'm devastated with what's going on in Japan that's crazy...
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    To anyone who want's to complain that this isn't news, and who posts "where's the jailbreak." Dont be ignorant, and understand what these people are going through.
    Last edited by aidanski; 03-15-2011 at 08:40 AM. Reason: Grammar fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanski View Post
    To anyone who ways to complain that this isn't news, "where's the jailbreak." Understand what these people are going through.
    Huh?
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    did anyone watch the news!
    After the quake, the japanese people line
    up in the grocery store in very orderly and mannerly fashion
    no fighter, robbing, or trying to cause harm to others.
    This make us look shameful!

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    This is so sad... I mean just a awful thing. However glad that Apple is doing what they can to help out! Good for Apple!

    Quote Originally Posted by koreanmasters99 View Post
    did anyone watch the news!
    After the quake, the japanese people line
    up in the grocery store in very orderly and mannerly fashion
    no fighter, robbing, or trying to cause harm to others.
    This make us look shameful!
    NO did not see it! I can imagine it through...
    Last edited by thetoothfairy; 03-15-2011 at 08:03 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Wow this powerful earthquake hardly destroyed anything! That's what I call amazing architecture! Good job apple as well! It's so sad that the tsunami had to take so many lives though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
    I'm glad it only took an earthquake for android and iOS users to coexist, I bet there was still my phone is better then your phone arguments though

    PS. All the people who are going to flame me for making a joke, chill out laughter is the best medicine. I wish japan the best in this horrible time.

    Lol. Love it!

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    alle euch sind werklich beklopt!

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