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[CNN] Quake moved Japans coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

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

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.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc...ex.html?hpt=T1
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O my
   
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Wow that is crazy.
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Yeah, that's amazing, a 10 mile Tsunami! o.O
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Insane ~ Wonder what long term effects that will have on the rest of us...
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Wow, that's pretty impressive.
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Thats insane
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That is an impressive quake.
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O my
you may have just summed it all up for all of us
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nothing special. the earth has been doing this for missions of years. Ever heard of Pangaea??
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