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What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning?

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockJul 1 2016, 14:10 UTC
You spin me right round, baby. Rob Ludacer/Tech Insider via YouTube

Our floating football of a planet spins at around 1,610 kilometers per hour (1,000 miles per hour) at the equator. But hypothetically speaking, what would happen if that rotation suddenly stopped?

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As this animation from Tech Insider shows, Earth's spin is crucial for life as we know it. So much so, it’s fair to assume that all life (and a lot of land) on Earth would be utterly screwed without it. Find out why in the video below.


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