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Japan now closer to the US

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by sockmonkey, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    sockmonkey

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    Scientists said the magnitude 9 earthquake that struck Japan on Friday
    moved the country 13 feet closer to the U.S., tilted the Earth by 6.5 inches
    and shortened the time of the day by 1.8 microseconds.[​IMG]

    Seismologist Chen Ji of the University of California Santa Barbara calculated
    that a portion of the Pacific tectonic plate near Japan measuring 186 to 248
    miles long and 62 miles wide moved 131 feet under the North American
    tectonic plate during the powerful earthquake. Geophysicist Ross Stein of
    the United States Geological Survey said the plate movement pulled Japan 13 feet closer to the U.S.

    Japan’s eastern coastline also sank two feet causing seawater to roll in.

    The force of the quake shifted the Earth’s mass toward the center causing
    the earth to rotate faster. In effect, the length of the 24-hour day
    shortened by 1.8 microseconds, according to geophysicist Richard Gross at
    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

    Gross also said that the Earth’s figure axis shifted by 6.5 inches as the planet wobbled during the earthquake.
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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    dang thats crazy!
     
  3. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    Crazy stuff. I saw this video on the news this guy took of a park filling up with water and he looked down at a large crack in the pavement(probably 10-12 inches wide) and you could see the ground still moving. I will see if I can locate it.
     
  4. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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  5. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    The earth quake caused me to grow .02", and widen out by .04".....
     
  6. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    I wish you could like peoples posts because I would so "like" Chris's post above :)
     
  7. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    I thought you looked taller!:D
     
  8. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    Indeed. :D
     
  9. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    The days already seem to keep getting shorter and shorter, didn't need to lose any more. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    No worries. Rumor is, it lengthend February by another day...like....by an hour or so...
     
  11. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    And on your date with nd you'll grow all 2" and widen out a whole handspan!
     
  12. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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    Quit trying to put your ND facination on me.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    So your telling me a day now is 23 hours 59 minutes 59 seconds 59 mili seconds and 58.2 micro seconds long?
     
  14. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    Yes. Adjust your watch accordingly...
     
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    On it right now.
     
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    I don't want to know what nd fastens on you.
     
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  18. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    Shouldnt you be draining your transmission right now??
     
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    you might want to pass gas to alleviate some of that pressure...:eek:
     
  20. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    please....Earth quakes dont cause gas....They just make you grow...
     
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