Chile Earthquake Has Shifted The Earth’s Axis

Duncan Riley - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:58 p.m. ET

We’ve all heard about the size of the earthquake in Chile last week, but a new finding takes it to new levels: the Chile earthquake has shifted the Earth’s axis.

According to NASA scientists, the quake shifted the axis of the earth by about 3 inches (7.6 cms), which might not seem like a lot, but given the size of this planet we live on, is rather remarkable.

The good news is the shift isn’t about to cause a Roland Emmerich like end of days scenario or affect the seasons or weather, but it will shorten every day by 1.26 microseconds.

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NASA explained that the key to the shift was due to the location of the quake, with the fault slicing through Earth at a steeper angle, making “the Chile fault more effective in moving Earth’s mass vertically and hence more effective in shifting Earth’s figure axis.”


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