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    Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

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    By Kevin Voigt, CNN
    March 12, 2011 1:58 a.m. EST
    (CNN) -- The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.
    "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
    Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).
    The temblor, which struck Friday afternoon near the east coast of Japan, killed hundreds of people, caused the formation of 30-foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways, and tossed cars and boats like toys. Some waves reached six miles (10 kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.
    All I can say is...WOW.
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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Just wait until the nutjobs start blaming this on global warming.

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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    Just wait until the nutjobs start blaming this on global warming.
    I don't like the idea of making this political, but no doubt there will be a lot of that coming. I'm sure it'll be Bush's fault too.
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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

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    All I can say is...WOW.
    Amazing.

    In fact, the Pacific "ring of fire" is in the process of absorbing its ocean floor into the earth. The pressure of the continental plates cause thousands of earthquakes every day.

    Another interesting stat I heard: the energy produced by this earthquake was equivalent to the energy the entire United States uses in one month.

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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I don't like the idea of making this political, but no doubt there will be a lot of that coming. I'm sure it'll be Bush's fault too.
    If you dont want to make this topic political, why start talking about politics and say something which you should be smart enough to know will get people talking about politics.

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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Amazing.

    In fact, the Pacific "ring of fire" is in the process of absorbing its ocean floor into the earth. The pressure of the continental plates cause thousands of earthquakes every day.

    Another interesting stat I heard: the energy produced by this earthquake was equivalent to the energy the entire United States uses in one month.
    I saw that on TV once, the US and Asia are moving closer together while the US and Europe are separating.
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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I don't like the idea of making this political, but no doubt there will be a lot of that coming. I'm sure it'll be Bush's fault too.
    How long before this will be compared to Hurricane Katrina?

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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Thanks for the post, American.

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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    How long before this will be compared to Hurricane Katrina?
    c'mon, you know you are just acting all pissed off because you can find no way to blame Obama for this tragedy
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    Re: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    c'mon, you know you are just acting all pissed off because you can find no way to blame Obama for this tragedy
    I wasn't looking for one, either. Obviously this has nothing to do with Obama.

    But, you can bet your sweet ass it won't be long before Obama is hailed as a hero for his swift, decisive action in this crisis, compared to Bush's performance after Hurricame Katrina.
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