Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Quake, rattle and roll...

NASA Details Earthquake Effects on the Earth

From NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
NASA scientists using data from the Indonesian earthquake calculated it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, slightly changed the planet's shape, and shifted the North Pole by centimeters. The earthquake that created the huge tsunami also changed the Earth's rotation...

...[they] also found the earthquake decreased the length of day by 2.68 microseconds.

(Found via Slashdot)

Kindof neat, but rather scary, too.

The thing we stand on, attach our houses to, and drill into for water, is shaking itself like a 7-year old after four cans of Mountain Dew and a king-sized bag of Skittles.

I guess it's no big deal, unless the whole thing falls apart. Or something.