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Japan quake may have caused plate shift

Global positioning system data indicated a seismic shift occurred from the March 11 earthquake that devastated northeastern Japan, research indicates.

The 9-magnitude earthquake that shook Japan eased strain from the Japanese trench that had accumulated over hundreds of years, said the report published Wednesday on Nature’s Web site.

The findings support the importance of GPS observations when assessing future earthquake potential, the authors said.

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High chance of magnitude-7 or higher quake in Japan in next few days

As Japan scrambles to pick up the pieces from Friday’s magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami, the Kyodo news agency is reporting that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude-7 or greater quake taking place in the next three days.

Kyodo also reports that there is a 50% chance of one hitting in the three days after that.

Japan’s largest earthquake on record may have knocked the planet 3.9 inches off its axis as one crustal plate slid beneath another, Eric Fielding, a principal scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., told Bloomberg news agency.

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