A COMMENT from my good friend, Dolor Mansueto, on how fast the days go by, had me thinking as to whether or not the Earth is rotating faster than its usual speed. I then proceeded to do some research.
Initially, I was made aware that the answer to my question will depend on my frame of reference: “If you are referring to rotational velocity, anything that is moving eastward (even a snail) is moving faster than the earth, and conversely, westward movement is slower than the earth, since the earth rotates eastward.”
New.scientist.com revealed that the earth’s inner core is rotating faster than the outer mantle and crust. “A new study of earthquake database; The difference is slight but means that a solid inner core makes an extra revolution every 700 years or so, hidden within the molten outer core.”
Xiodong Song, a seismologist at Columbia University in New York, studied records of 18 earthquake pairs. The pair members originated at exactly the same location but were separated by anything from a few days to 34 years. In an earthquake pair separated by significantly more than four years, this difference was even more pronounced. This led Song to believe that waves from the second member of the earthquake pair were traveling through a different region of the inner core than the first. A new region was moved into place because the inner core is rotating faster than the outer layers of the earth.
“It is not a surprising result because the inner core’s rotation is thought to generate the earth’s magnetic field,” Song said.
An updated report by Rajat Lumawat on Jan. 20 revealed: “An increase in the Earth’s rotational speed could have various impacts on life, ranging from an increased earthquake and tsunami to a shortening of the length of the day. People could be floating in Central Africa while the Polar ice might melt extremely fast, submerging most parts of the world.”
Lumawat continued: “The Earth is always in relative motion with respect to the universe revolving around the sun rotating on its axis. Many natural phenomena that happen around us, such as changes in weather, winds, tides and many other natural events, occur because of these two relative motions of our planet, especially its rotation.”
So this research explains why the world is experiencing more earthquakes and flooding. Instead of collecting 17th century Wedgwood teacups, I might as well join the plantitas. God must have a hand in this.