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    Default Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

    "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

    Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).
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    Default Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Also heard it sped the earths rotation up by 1.6mili seconds. Negligible but still I think it threw my watch off that day...

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    Default Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Such minute changes with devastating impact.....
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