2011 Tohoku Quake Changed Earth Gravity

gravityThe GOCE satellite caught a change in the earth’s gravity due to the 2011 Tohoku quake. It was even able to record sounds generated from the event.

What researchers didn’t expect was that the GOCE satellite would capture a real-time change in gravity. But the 2011 earthquake, the fifth-strongest ever recorded, shifted rock formations several kilometers below earth’s surface, and changed the shape of the sea bed, altering the gravitational pull off Japan’s coast. The quake was so powerful, instruments on the satellite even recorded sound waves emanating from the tectonic movement.”

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