In the Aftermath of an Earthquake

By March 17, 2011The Scoop

Within the past year, there have been some horrific earthquakes. The 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti last January and the 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile a month later in February are still fresh in our minds. There is no doubt that news of the 8.9 earthquake that struck the coast of Japan on Friday has affected billions of people around the globe.

Sources say that the colossal earthquake actually moved the island of Japan by about 2.5 metres. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology claimed that the Earth shifted on its axis by about 10 centimetres. Additional sources claim that the Earth’s rotational speed has increased by 1.8 microseconds (meaning we have lost more than a microsecond from each day).

An earthquake of epic proportions, a tsunami that has made large ships appear akin to toys in a bathtub, and current fears of a nuclear catastrophe – our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the aftermath of Friday’s earthquake.

– Kimberly