Sunday, March 13, 2011

Japan Earthquake Slide Two Meters

An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, followed by tsunamis make the main island of Japan moved up to 2.4 meters. The earthquake was also reported to have shifted the axis of the earth. 

"Until now, we find one of our GPS stations shift (2.4 meters), we also see a map of GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan, showed changes in the location of a broad pattern, together with changes in land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist from the agency the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reported by the CNN page, Saturday, March 12, 2011. 

Meanwhile, reports from the Institute of Volcanology and Geophysics in Italy showed that terdashyat earthquake in Japan in the period of 140 years has also shifted the earth's axis up to 10 centimeters.

Major earthquake, followed by a tsunami as high as more than 10 meters, which occurred on Friday, March 11 last, left at least 600 people were killed and thousands more injured. As many as 50 countries around Japan tsunami alert sounds an alarm immediately. More than 140 aftershocks of magnitude 5 on the Richter scale occurred more within 24 hours.

Shengzao According to Chen, USGS geophysicist, an earthquake occurs when the Earth's crust to the east of Japan by 400 kilometers wide and 160 km long rupture due to tectonic plate shifts over 18 meters.

Japan is located along the "ring of fire" Pacific, a region with volcanic and seismic activity is high. This area stretches from New Zealand, via Japan, Alaska and the west coast of South America.

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