Earthquake shortens the day

The recent South American quake sent Earth spinning just a big faster

By Stephen Ornes, 13:29 PM March 22, 2010




If you feel like there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done, maybe you can blame an earthquake.


Just after 3:30 am on February 27, a powerful earthquake shook the central part of Chile, a country in South America. In cities including Santiago, the capital, some buildings collapsed and hundreds of people were hurt or killed.


Chile wasn’t the only part of Earth shaken by the quake, however.


According to studies done by geophysicists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institu...

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