Situation Update No. 25
On 12.03.2011 at 11:00 GMT+2
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).