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Chile Quake Shifted Earth's Axis

Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 12:21:57 pm

The Chilean 8.8 monster quake was so powerful it actually shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the length of a day.

The devastating earthquake in Chile that killed almost 700 people probably also shifted the Earth’s axis, say NASA scientists, permanently making days shorter by 1.26 microseconds. But since a microsecond is one-millionth of a second, you may not have noticed.