No Image

Did the Chile Quake shift the Earth's axis?

March 2, 2010 Politisite 0

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, […]