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Wednesday 29 December 2004

Quake Changes Earth's Rotation, Moves Islands

Slashdot has a post about the effect of the Tsunami and earthquake and how it has affected the earth's rotation and how it has moved some islands:

"This week's deadly Asian Quake and Tsunami may have been so powerful, that it changed the rate of Earth's rotation. In a Reuters article, a NASA geophysicist theorizes that the quake compacted the Earth enough to speed up the planet's rotation by 3 microseconds. A second article says the quake moved undersea tectonic plates by up to 98 feet, shifting islands near Sumatra out to sea an unknown distance. Also, a USGS team wants images from commercial satellite operators to help pinpoint coastline damage. Lastly, an interesting article from the Australian Spaceguard Survey about the need for a Tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean. The author comments that tsunami warnings may not help much, as people often flock to the coastline to see the giant waves."

Source: Slashdot
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Anonymous Anonymous said :

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Wed Dec 29, 11:51:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

From my previous readings even the magnetic poles have been changing; guess it's the sign of the times we're living. We need thourough research on what's happening to Earth and what could be the outcome. Have seen "reliable" people constantly complaining about the non-existence of tsunami emergency systems at the Indian Ocean, but it's just as useful as warnings for a heatwave in Canada. Besides focusing on immediate urgent aid and medical care, there should be other options of prevention considering that animals have fled the area before the tidal wave... It's reconstructing with this awareness.

All my solidarity from Brazil.

Pedro Rosa.

Thu Dec 30, 01:59:00 AM IST  
Blogger Paul said :

Even so, people deserve a warning.

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