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  • Organizers say eBook proceed will benefit survivors of Japan's earthquake
  • Idea came from a tweet, organizers say
  • Proceeds will benefit the Red Cross in Japan, organizers say

Tokyo (CNN) -- What started as a tweet has turned into an eBook project to benefit survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that have claimed the lives of more than 11,500 people and left more than 16,500 missing in Japan.

The project, "2:46" -- or #Quakebook, as it is known on Twitter -- has drawn dozens of international writers, artists, translators and contributors, the project's organizers say. According to the Quakebook blog, sci-fi novelist William Gibson and musician and artist Yoko Ono also have contributed to the eBook, which will be available for purchase on

Proceeds will go to the Red Cross in Japan, organizers say.

A Tokyo-based British blogger, known on Twitter as @ourmaninabiko, came up with the idea for "2:46," the time the earthquake hit Japan.

Within hours he received dozens of photos, art and 250 word mini-essays from people hoping to express their feelings and sympathy, organizers say.

"He was stunned by the response," says Roberto de Vido, one of the project's organizers. "He quickly realized this could be a book, and then he realized it could be sold to benefit the victims through raising money for the Japanese Red Cross."

The eBook includes stories and pictures of life immediately after the March 11 earthquake, organizers say.