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The massive earthquake that struck Japan last Friday was so powerful that it accelerated the Earth's rotation speed, shortening the length of the day by 1.8 microseconds, a new analysis by NASA has claimed.
According to scientists at the US space agency, the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the way the Earth's mass is distributed, which made the planet spin a little faster, cutting the 24-hour day by an estimated 1.8 microseconds. That is less than two millionths of one second.
The initial data suggested that the quake moved Japan's main island about eight feet and shifted the Earth's figure axis, around which the Earth's mass is balanced, by about 17 centimetres, said Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Earlier, scientists have estimated that the quake has shortened the day by 1.6 microseconds
Originally posted by Qcuailon
reply to post by Dendro
Something similar happened with the Chilean earthquake, but, this IS NOT a common phenomenon. It has ONLY happened recently, and IF it has happened in the past, it was few and far between.
There are going to be people coming in here trying to convince you of a reality (theirs) which doesn't exist in the real world. You could tell them that a blind, shaven monkey jumped in the air, did a triple somersault, landed in the splits and snorted a line of coc aine while singing Crazy Train from Black Sabbath, and some idgit will come in and say that its "nothing unusual" and a common occurrence in Saudi Arabia.
Originally posted by Davian
Please, ATS members, don't feed the scare-mongerer.