Kenya's No 1 GhettoRadio



Did you know that the earth’s inner core rotates separately from the earth itself? This may sound absurd to some but it is indeed a scientific phenomenon that the inner core spins separately from the surface but only recently, the inner core has stopped spinning in it’s usual anti-clockwise motion and could even be moving in reverse.

What does this mean for the earth? Is the universe in trouble?

Scientists agree that the speed of the inner core switches from time to time roughly every 35 years. But never a stand still let alone move in reverse.

“The bad news is we know very little about the core of the earth. The good news is there’s probably nothing to worry about in the sense that roughly every 70 years or so, the center of the earth does seem to go backwards. In other words, don’t lose any sleep over this,” said Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Newyork.

In research published by Yi Yang and Xiaodong Song from Peking University in China, with the same technology used to assess earthquakes, they were able to deduce that since 2009, seismic records which previously changed over time, showed no major difference. This suggests the inner core rotation had stopped.

“We show surprising observations that indicate the inner core has nearly ceased its rotation in the recent decade and may be experiencing a turning-back. When you look at the decade between 1980 and 1990 you see clear change but when you see 2010 to 2020 you don’t see much change,” they wrote in the study.

The study also insists that the inner core doesn’t come to a full stop. It only means that the inner core is now more in sync with the rest of the planet in its motion.

To answer the question about what would happen if the core completely cools and become solid, studies show that it would indeed have a huge impact on the whole planet. Scientists conclude that when that happens, the earth might be a bit like Mars, with a very thin atmosphere, unpredictable temperatures and no more volcanoes.

J.K.Raminya & Steve Osaka


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More