It happened again: The earthquake that hit Japan moved the island nation 8 feet and shifted the Earth on its axis by almost 4 inches. Japan is prone to earthquakes, but this was the most powerful one to hit the country in recorded history. Japan is part of the "ring of fire" in the Pacific, an area of high seismic and volcanic activity that stretches from New Zealand, up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America.

On CNN, Kevin Voigt quotes geophysicist Kenneth Hudnut as saying, "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass." Voigt quotes earthquake expert Jim Gaherty as saying that the quake was "hundreds of times larger" than the 2010 quake that hit Haiti. The quake triggered more than 160 aftershocks in the first 24 hours, most of them measuring 5.0 magnitude or more on a 10 point scale.

The original quake measured 8.9. We know that an earthquake in one part of the world can set off another far away, so were the Japanese and recent New Zealand quake, which hit on February 22, related? Voigt quotes ocean engineer Stephan Grilli as saying, "I would think the connection is very slim." It seemed like the tilt of the Earth changed for a lot of people when Whitley Strieber published his ground breaking book Communion. Now you can download the next two books that tell the story of his incredible encounters: Transformation and The Secret School.

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