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Japan Quake Shifts Earth Axis: Though Slight, Days Will Be Shortened In Centuries

March 13, 2011 Comments off

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The Montreal Gazette

By Carmen Chai, Postmedia News

Initial results out of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology show that the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled Japan Friday shifted the earth’s rotation axis by about 25 centimetres.

INGV’s report, which came hours after the devastating incident, is equivalent to “very, very tiny” changes that won’t be seen for centuries, though, Canadian geologists say.

Only after centuries would a second be lost as each day is shortened by a millionth of a second, according to University of Toronto geology professor Andrew Miall.

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