As if Daylight Savings and Rebecca Black weren’t enough… it now looks as though we’ll lose 1.8 microseconds every day for the duration of our respective mortal coils.
According to Space.com, the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan was so big, it altered the earth’s rotation. NASA geophysicist Richard Gross says the tremor accelerated the earth’s spin, shortening its 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds. And that seems like a permanent thing.
Space.com says the scenario is “similar to that of a figure skater drawing her arms inward during a spin to turn faster on the ice” — which doesn’t help us understand it at all. But at least know we know that the earth is a lady.