Japan quake moved coast by 13 feet

March 14th, 2011 - 8:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, Mar 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Geological Survey Institute has announced that the massive earthquake that triggered the devastating tsunami moved the Japanese coast by as much as 13 feet.

The quake which was later revised to 9.0 from 8.9 is one of the strongest since records began. The quake had a lasting impact on the planet because the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy announced that the quake moved the planet by as much as 10 inches on its axis.

A geophysicist in U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program in Pasadena explained that, “At this point, we know that one GPS station moved, and we have seen a map from GSI in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass.”

Scientists say the shift of the coast has to do with the amount of strain that was released when the plates moved against each other.

The quake has been described by the Japanese Prime Minister as the worst since the end of the Second World War. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead as rescue efforts are hampered by incessant aftershocks. More than two thousand bodies have been discovered.

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