Saturday, March 12, 2011

Quake changes Earth's axis

The earthquake in Japan has reduced the terrestrial day by 1.6 microseconds and shifted the Earth's axis by about 15 centimeters, expert Richard Gross of NASA told RIA-Novosti. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake which occurred on Friday was the strongest in the history of the country. Tremors caused a tsunami with waves of up to 10 meters high.The exact number of victims of the disaster is still unknown, however Japanese media report that casualtiwes will be over a thousand.