Tokyo: nine-scale earthquake on the Richter scale followed by the tsunami waves had ravage the eastern coastal areas of Japan until paralyzed. As reported by CNN, recently, a massive earthquake, it also shifts the main island of Japan and the axis of the earth.
National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy revealed, the main island of Japan has displaced up to 2.4 meters. While the earth’s axis is also shifted almost 10 centimeter.
“At this point we conclude that one of the station GPS (global positioning system) has been moved as far as 2.4 meters, and we also see a map of GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showed a shift pattern over a large area that is still consistent with the shift of many mainland, “said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The earthquake that struck on Friday evening on the east coast of Japan, is reported to have killed at least 900 people and causing tidal waves as high as nine feet of water.The tsunami waves swept the field, swallowing the entire city, dragged home, cars and boats like toys. Violent crushing waves also reached ten miles inland on the east coast of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
The quake this time is the greatest of all records of Japanese history by delivering a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami warning for 50 countries to the west coast of Canada, the United States, and Chile. The earthquake triggered more than 160 aftershocks within the first 24 hours and 141 earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale or more.
“The quake occurred after rupture of the earth’s crust in Japanese waters about 400 kilometers in length and width of 160 km. Also, tectonic plate slipped more than 18 meters,” said Shengzao Chen, a USGS geophysicist.(from liputan6.com)