The US Geological Survey said the main island of Japan had moved 2.4 metres as a result of the quake. It also said hundreds of aftershocks have hit Japan since the main quake, at least two dozen of which have topped magnitude 6, the size of the Christchurch earthquake.
It has also shortened the length of a day on earth by around 1.8 microseconds. To put that into context, one earth day is 24 hours, or 86,400 seconds long.
The length of days varies by around 1 millisecond a year naturally – 1,000 microseconds – and this isn’t the first time an earthquake has had an impact on time in this way. Last year’s earthquake in Chile, which had an 8.8 magnitude, also sped up the earth’s rotation and shaved 1.26 microseconds off the day.