Attention those who think that man can make a significant impact on the macro systems - including climate - that comprise the structure of our planet
The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.
"At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters).
The impact of industrial activity on climate is still largely unknown - which doesn't stop global warming enthusiasts from claiming otherwise. It might be more than skeptics are saying but it is almost certainly less than the warmists are claiming. The titanic forces unleashed by the earthquake and that subsequently affected the earth's crust show just how puny we are when it comes to having an impact on planetary systems. This is a major point made by skeptics that seems to go in one ear and out the other of climate change proponents.