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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan has now grown 13 feet to the east and shortened our day

IN SPACE, JAPAN - MARCH 13: In this handout im...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
The devastating 9.0 earthquake in Japan has actually increased the coastline of the country by 13 feet eastward. That's at the epicentre and there was less movement further away from it. As well, scientists from NASA have calculated that the earthquake might have shortened the day on Earth  by a couple of millionths of a second and tilted the planet’s axis slightly. Previous  earthquakes have also affected the axis of the Earth and the length of our day. The Chilean earthquake last year shortened the day by 1.26 millionths of a second and moved the axis by about three inches. 


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