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For a start we would all suddenly not be held on the earth and would fly off tangentially at somewhere between 0 and about 1000 miles per hour.
You would, of course, continue rotating at the same speed as the planet and atmosphere.
As I calculated, the deflection at the equator would be about 15 meters in 30 seconds.
Quote from: CliffordK on 20/07/2012 01:09:26As I calculated, the deflection at the equator would be about 15 meters in 30 seconds.The "glue" that holds most of the planet together is gravity. What do you think might happen when things like the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Alps accelerate at about 10 meters per second through 15 meters on the way back down?
Anyway, it is not the 9.8 m/s2 acceleration on the way back down that would worry me, but rather the deceleration from about 15 m/s or so down to zero in the last half second or so down at the bottom.