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life happened, you know...
And unless mistaken, if we change the Earth's Axis, it must also impact on the Moon
NASA scientists using data from the Indonesian earthquake calculated it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, slightly changed the planet's shape, and shifted the North Pole by centimeters. The earthquake that created the huge tsunami also changed the Earth's rotation.
Dr. Benjamin Fong Chao, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. and Dr. Richard Gross of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. said all earthquakes have some affect on Earth's rotation. It's just they are usually barely noticeable.
Chao and Gross have been routinely calculating earthquakes' effects in changing the Earth's rotation in both length-of-day as well as changes in Earth's gravitational field. They also study changes in polar motion that is shifting the North Pole. The "mean North pole" was shifted by about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) in the direction of 145º East Longitude. This shift east is continuing a long-term seismic trend identified in previous studies.
They also found the earthquake decreased the length of day by 2.68 microseconds....
As seen from Earth's mid-northern latitudes the moon rises in the east and sets in the west. It rises with its north pole at the top, but tilted to the left. As it crosses the southern sky its axis becomes vertical; then the north pole tilts to the right as the moon sets. To an observer in the earth's southern hemisphere the moon rises in the east with its south pole at the top, tilted to the right; crosses the northern sky; and sets in the west with the south pole inclined to the left. The degree of tilt varies with the season and the latitude of the observer.