Today, the Turley Blog is posting early due to the shortening of the day after the Chilean earthquake. The reason that many of our regulars are likely to feel a bit groggy this morning is that the earthquake has shortened the day by one-millionth of a second. Yes, you are right: you did get less sleep last night.
Scientists have concluded that the earthquake shortened the length of a day by about 1.26 microseconds. A microsecond is one millionth of a second.
The 8.8 magnitude earthquake also shifted Earth’s axis — according to Dr. Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory by about three inches.
Worse yet, we are unlikely to get the time back — the shorter day is permanent so we are going to be working longer days without compensation for the added time.
The Turley blog pledges to remain on the accelerated schedule so that our regulars do not have to wait for the first blog entries to appear each morning. The blog is the only site to adopt such an AGS (accelerated global schedule) policy rather than (as with our competition) just grabbing the added time for production and recreation. We are also tilting our homepage ever so slightly to adjust for the change in the Earth’s axis to avoid neck strain for our readers.
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