Earth is spinning unusually fast lately. But is that good news?

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Earth spins faster

We want 2020 to finish as quickly as possible.

And it seems our Earth feels the same way, as it has been spinning unusually fast lately. 2020 included the 28 shortest days since 1960.

Earth rotates at irregular speed

The Earth rotates once every 86,400 seconds – or 24 hours, or one solar day.

But its speed is irregular and the length of a day can vary by milliseconds (1 millisecond equals 0.001 seconds).

The speed of the Earth’s rotation varies constantly because of the complex motion of its molten core, oceans and atmosphere, plus other effects.

Shortest day on record in 2020

Before 2020, the shortest day was July 5, 2005, with an Earth’s rotation lasting 1.0516 milliseconds less than 86,400 seconds.

But on July 19, 2020, the Earth completed its rotation in 1.4602 milliseconds less than 86,400 seconds, beating the previous record.

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When was the shortest day on record?

Earth rotation is going quicker

If the Earth’s rotation gets too far out of sync with the super-steady beat of atomic clocks, a positive or negative leap second can be used to bring them back into alignment.

Since the system of leap seconds was introduced in 1972, there have been 27 leap seconds, and they have all been positive. In other words, they have all added an extra second to our clocks, enabling the Earth to catch up.

Recently, however, the Earth has been getting quicker, and no leap second has been required since 2016. If the Earth’s rotation continues to quicken, we may at some point require a negative leap second. If this happens, our clocks would skip a second, in order to keep up with the hurrying Earth.

How we measure that Earth is speeding up?

According to Time and date, to determine the true length of a day, IERS scientists determine the exact speed of the Earth’s rotation by measuring the precise moments a fixed star passes a certain location in the sky each day, expressed as Universal Time (UT1).

Then the UT1 is compared to International Atomic Time (TAI). The true length of a day is expressed by the deviation of UT1 from TAI over 24 hours.

Meaning for earthquakes and eruptions

Back in November 2017, I wrote an article about a possible link found between earth rotation speed and earthquake activity.

Scientists indeed concluded that a slowdown of the Earth’s rotation would actually increase the potential of big earthquakes, after finding roughly every 32 years there was an uptick in the number of significant earthquakes worldwide.

Specifically, the team noted that around every 25-30 years Earth’s rotation began to slow down and that slowdown happened just before the uptick in earthquakes. The slowing rotation historically has lasted for 5 years, with the last year triggering an increase in earthquakes.

Meanwhile, a very recent scientific paper shows a clear but complex mutual cause-and-effect interactions between the energies involved in the Length of Day (LOD) variations, the crustal deformation rate, seismic energy release and volcanic eruption on a global scale.

The scientists found a significant correlation between the occurrences of major volcanic eruptions and the LOD pattern since AD 1750. On a multiyear scale, eruption frequency worldwide increases with LOD changes.

Moreover, the injection of sulphur gases into the atmosphere during major eruptions is accompanied by significant inter-annual LOD variations.

In conclusion, stress changes induced by multiyear variations in Earth’s spin may affect climactic volcanic activity; also, the atmosphere’s dynamic response to volcanic plumes may result in global changes of wind circulation and climate, with consequent LOD variations.

Is that good news?

So if Earth starts to speed up again, it would also mean that the occurrence of large earthquakes should diminish. And that is an awesome news for everybody living along the Ring of Fire and other dangerous fault lines across the world. 2020 has finally brought something positive!

More volcano and earthquake news on Time and Date, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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  2. Earth doesn’t spin. Commercial airliners could not fly faster than the speed of sound (660 MPH @ 35.000 ft.) for decades, yet flights from west to east (with the direction of supposed spin) arrived at their destinations though the spin is supposed to be 1035 MPH. You’d NEVER reach your destination if you can’t fly faster than the supposed speed of rotation. Also the atmosphere is NOT “Magically” glued to the Earth. Use the brain God gave you people and let common sense direct you. 30 times the scripture states that the Sun and Moon move, but NOT once does it say the Earth moves, It will be Shaken and removed out of it’s place, BUT IT DOES NOT SPIN. See “200 Proofs Earth Not A Spinning Ball” by Eric Dubay 1:58 free on Youtube,

  3. If earth spinning faster , is not good since it can created more quakes and sink wholes and finally earth will collapses like end of star? I am sure right now still ok but if this continues then code red for all planet. Covid 20,21 will be a peanut?
    Every where is locked down, they messed with our Christmas and New year. Somme time enemy is already landed? what do you think! Fauci did not put vaccine it was had no needles. Now he says right arm hurts?lol…

  4. I can understand why. We’re shooting so much stuff into space we’re making the Earth lighter. Sure makes sense to me.

  5. Speaking of the 7 year tribulation immediately after the Rapture of believers in Jesus Christ, the Bible says that unless those days of tribulation under the anti-christ were shortened, there would be no flesh saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days would be shortened. The Bible does not say how God will shorten those days, but if we are assuming that it is done by keeping rotational mass of the earth closer to the center in order to rotate faster then we would have to consider the effects of magma moving outward from the center of the earth which would tend to make the earth rotate more slowly like an ice skater pulling their arms in and out to spin faster and slower. But one would think that saving lives by shortening the length of a day would require more than just 1.4 milliseconds.

  6. God is in control.

    The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. ~Isaiah 24:20

      • The Bible says that the Earth is set on it’s foundation and can’t be moved, three times in palms also in Isaiah and I believe in 1 Kings.

      • Yeah, round (literally, a circle) like a disk or CD, not like a ball! DUH! Isaiah spoke of the earth being a circle but did NOT use the Hebrew word for ball or sphere…
        Isaiah 40:22 It is He that sits upon the circle (Hebrew-chug) of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in.
        Circle means circle. Not ball. Isaiah clearly knows the difference between a circle and a spherical object. Note that a few chapters prior he uses a completely different Hebrew or Aramaic word for a ball: Isaiah 22:18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house. The Hebrew word Isaiah used for “ball” here is “dur” because, of course you can’t toss a circle (chug). Whereas, of course, a spherical object you can toss. He knew the difference. Isaiah 40:22 does definitively NOT stand for the proposition that the earth is a ball/sphere!

      • No it Doesn’t, It says God looks down on the Circle of Earth, which is what one would see looking down from Heaven, which Genesis 1 says is the Firmament that separates the waters from the waters. It also states the Sun, Moon and stars are IN the Firmament, not 93million miles away. Isaiah knew the difference between a circle and a sphere because he used the term for sphere earlier in the book of Isaiah

      • Isaiah writing under the inspiration of the Spirit describes the earth as a circle – which is two-dimensional consisting of a circular outer edge and the area inside the “circle.” A sphere by contrast is three- dimensional. If you’re going to refer to scripture to back your view of a spherical earth, at least interpret it accurately and not out-of-context in order to support your unbiblical view.

    • That comes after the Great Tribulation starts. I don’t think we’re there, yet. Things have to get much worse.

      • No, that comes during the tribulation. Not after the tribulation. After the tribulation is the Millenial reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

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