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Mon Mar 14, 9:56 am ET
Japan’s earthquake shifted balance of the planet
By Liz Goodwin
By Liz Goodwin liz Goodwin – Mon Mar 14, 9:56 am ET
Last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has actually moved the island closer to the United States and shifted the planet's axis.
The quake caused a rift 15 miles below the sea floor that stretched 186 miles long and 93 miles wide, according to the AP. The areas closest to the
epicenter of the quake jumped a full 13 feet closer to the United States, geophysicist Ross Stein at the United States Geological Survey told The New
The world's fifth-largest, 8.9 magnitude quake was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern
Japan towards North America by about 13 feet (see NASA's before and after photos at right). The quake also shifted the earth's axis by 6.5 inches,
shortened the day by 1.6 microseconds, and sank Japan downward by about two feet. As Japan's eastern coastline sunk, the tsunami's waves rolled in.
Why did the quake shorten the day? The earth's mass shifted towards the center, spurring the planet to spin a bit faster. Last year's massive 8.8
magnitude earthquake in Chile also shortened the day, but by an even smaller fraction of a second. The 2004 Sumatra quake knocked a whopping 6.8
micro-seconds off the day.
After the country's 1995 earthquake, Japan placed high-tech sensors around the country to observe even the slightest movements, which is why
scientists are able to calculate the quake's impact down to the inch. "This is overwhelmingly the best-recorded great earthquake ever," Lucy Jones,
chief scientist for the Multi-Hazards project at the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Los Angeles Times.
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Each one of these events seem to change the Earth's speed of rotation. So I wonder what the total is through Earth's history? What the increases and
decreases have been overtime, and what that balance sheet so to speak would look like if we had the means to assess it all. This is important in
understanding climate change as the faster the Earth spins the hotter it becomes on average. I'm not an atmospheric scientist, and so I am cloudy when
it comes to understanding exactly why such a claim can be made in the first place, but if it's true, then the event would mean it could have, or will
rather, affect the Earth's temperature overtime despite how minuscule the overall impact is. However it is not minuscule considering the grand history
of the Earth when compiling an estimation of these events, and assessing the shifts. If there have been more plate shifts that have sped up the
Earth's rotation, or more that have slowed it down impacting Earth's climate history, I think therefore climatologist should at least make attempts to
estimate such a balance sheet and its historical climate impacts. Maybe in conjunction with geologist who study geological history. Right now I'm
thinking this could be something that is being overlooked in studying cause and effect of Earth's climate history. Speaking specifically to helping to
answer the question, "To what estimated degree considered within the total of other factors impacting climate change history would the history of
plate tectonics have on the overall result of current climate on our planet using a hybrid assessment of both known and abstract geological history of
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