Tsunami, earthquake disturbed Fukushima’s upper atmosphere – NASA

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NASA said the tsunami and the earthquake which hit Fukushima in Japan last year not only created chaos and destroyed almost everything at the ground but also left a bad impact on the skies above disturbing the electron pattern.

The massive destruction on the ground reached the ionosphere which stretches from 50 to 500 miles above the Earth’s surface and is the last and thinnest layer of the atmosphere that breaks the bonding of molecules which results into a haze of electrons and ions.

On Friday, NASA released images showcasing the disturbances in the atmosphere since the earthquake and tsunami hit the coastal city on 11 March last year. The movement of electrons was tracked by GPS signals between the satellites and ground receivers.

The same phenomenon was observed by the scientists when tsunamis hit Samoa and Chile in 2009 and 2010 respectively. NASA said the Japanese tsunami and earthquake was even closely observed by the dense network of its GPS receivers.

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