The recent 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan moved the island nation toward North America by approximately 13 feet and shortened the day by 1.6 microseconds, according to the Arizona Science Center. It also caused a tsunami that rippled across the Pacific Ocean to reach far-off shores.
Find out just how all of this is possible at a free lecture, called "The Power of Earth: Earthquakes and Japan," taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday inside the center's Dorrance Planetarium.
Part of a new ‘In the News' lecture series, the event will feature Arizona State University geography professor J. Ramón Arrowsmith, discussing the science behind earthquakes.
An April 8 lecture will focus on "The Power of Water: Tsunamis."
Admission to "In the News" lectures is free. They are open to the public.
Arizona Science Center is located at 600 E. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix. For more information, visit azscience.org.