Earth Axis Shifts In 8.8 Earthquake? NASA Thinks So
March 2, 2010
(ChattahBox) – As the casualties of the 8.8 earthquake in Chili becomes more known, and the death toll climbs, scientists say a wider consequence may have occurred on a global level.
According to NASA, the huge earthquake, believed to be one of the largest ever recorded, may have shifted the axis of the Earth.
“The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds [millionths of a second]. The axis about which the Earth’s mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds [about 8 centimeters or 3 inches],” Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explained.
The same thing happened in 2004, when a 9.1 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that devestated various regions along the Indian Ocean.
The incident shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds, and shifted the axis 2.3 milliarcseconds.