Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis

Images by NASA show Japan's northeast coast before, left, and after flooding from the quake-induced tsunami.

By Kevin Voigt, CNN

April 20, 2011 10:16 a.m. EDT

Images released by NASA show Japan’s northeast coast before, left, and after flooding from the quake-induced tsunami.

(CNN) — 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)….

via Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis – CNN.com.

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