Earth is rotating faster, and the effect could be ‘devastating’

Highlights

  • The Earth is rotating at a speed of 1.50 milliseconds in less than 24 hours.

  • This is above average.

The Earth is rotating faster than its normal speed. Recently, scientists have told in a research that the Earth is rotating at a speed of 1.50 milliseconds in less than 24 hours. which is above average.

Earth’s ‘leap second’

Until a few years ago, scientists thought that the Earth’s rotation was slowing down. In view of this, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) started adding leap seconds for slow spins. Please note that this was done till December 31, 2016.

However, in the last few years, atomic clocks have also shown that the speed of Earth’s rotation is accelerating. After 1960, in 2020, scientists recorded 28 shortest days, that is, during these days the Earth rotated at a higher speed. After this, on July 26, 2022, the day’s rotation was completed at a speed of 1.50 milliseconds. Again this year on June 29, 2022, the Earth completed its fastest spin ever, let us tell you that the previous record for the shortest rotation was on July 19, 2020, when the Earth’s rotation took less than 24 hours to 1.4602 milliseconds. It was felt

Why is the Earth spinning faster?

It is still a mystery, but with some principles we can understand it this way.

1. Melting of Glaciers

2. Because of our planet’s inner molten core

3. Because of earthquake

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