Did the Chile Quake shift the Earth's axis?

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on Feb. 27 was so powerful it may have tipped Earth’s axis and shortened the length of a day, scientists at NASA say.

According to NASA, a complex computer model’s preliminary calculation shows that Earth’s days should have shortened by 1.26 microseconds (a microsecond is a one millionth of a second).

A large quake shifts enough rock to redistribute the mass of the planet, which can speed its rotation.

The change won’t be noticed in day-to-day life, but is permanent.

NASA scientist Richard Gross also calculated that the quake moved Earth’s figure axis (the axis about which Earth’s mass is balanced) by about eight centimetres.

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