Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere
Chicago Tribune (Reuters)
Deborah Zabarenko; edited by Doina Chiacu
May 30, 2012
The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Fukushima, Japan, last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA reported.
The waves of energy from the quake and tsunami that were so destructive on the ground reached into the ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere that stretches from about 50 to 500 miles (80 to 805 km) above Earth’s surface.
Scientists have seen this phenomenon before, for tsunamis in Samoa in 2009 and Chile in 2010.
Published: June 2nd, 2012 at 2:36 pm ET