Scientists discover that Antarctica ice shelf badly damaged by Japanese earthquake

Japan is still recovering from the major earthquake and its follow-up tsunami that struck the country back in March 2011 but the effects of that natural disaster is having far wider effects than just the nuclear reactors that are still a threat to the country.

Not only have scientists found that the earthquake may have affected the earth’s axis but it seems that it may have had a detrimental effect on the ice fields of Antarctica.

Scientists at NASA have discovered that by looking at before and after satellite images that the earthquake had enough force that the waves cause icebergs to break loose from Antarctica’s Sulzberger ice shelf.

The scale of the event is truly staggering: the waves traveled some 8,000 miles striking Antarctic ice 18 hours after the quake, eventually breaking off 50 square miles of ice. One of the icebergs was apparently the size of Manhattan. Amazingly, scientists were able to find imagery of the ice mass in a photo taken of the ice shelf in 1965. This showed that the ice had been intact for nearly 50 years.

via Geekosystem

Here is an amazing video from NASA showing the changes.