Did the Quake Move the Main Island of Japan by 8 Feet?

This article says yes. I’ll be looking to see if this holds up.

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).

Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth’s axis – CNN.com

Update: Found more on this. Eight feet seems to be the average over 300 miles. The maximum was 13 feet. See my latest post:  So: Did the Quake Move the Main Island of Japan by 8 Feet? No, 13!

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