Thanks A Lot Poseidon, You Jerk: Chilean Earthquake Speeds Earth's Rotation, We're All Gonna Die Sooner Than Anticipated
Poseidon is best known for banging mermaids and building sand castles on the bottom of the ocean, but did you know he's also the god of earthquakes? He is -- and a jerky one at that. First he devastates Haiti, now he's f***ing with the earth's rotation. You've been warned Poseidon -- MAN THE TORPEDOES!
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
"Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis," NASA officials said in a Monday update.
The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds).
Yeah so basically the world's ending in 2010 instead of 2012. Still, Mayans, you were close. But, like the saying goes: close only counts in curling and copping feels. Which -- feel that? I'm touching your purse.
Thanks to Clarke, FDSY, Spartacus and Victor, who have been running on their treadmills all day to bring us back up to speed.