Earthquake in Chile causes Earth to tilt 8cm.

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The earthquake that had a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter Scale has been shown to have tilted the Earth’s axis by 8 centimetres and to have sped up the planet’s orbit by 1.26 microseconds. This means that days have been imperceptibly shortened and was caused by massive rocks close to the Earth’s core moving slightly, moving the entire planet by a few centimetres.

for more information, visit:

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/56903/title/Earth_knocked_for_a_loop_

and to find out more about the earthquake in Chile, visit:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/index.php?regionID=8

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