The city of Houston is now two centimeters lower because of torrential rains and floodwaters brought by Hurricane Harvey.
GPS data showed that America’s fourth-largest city sank about three-quarters of an inch under the heavy weight of Harvey waters, according to Chris Milliner, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech.
But Houstonians will likely bounce back up in no time.
“This should be a temporary drop,” Milliner told the Houston Chronicle in an email.
“Once floodwaters recede, we should expect a similar, but opposite elastic response of the crust, i.e., uplift. Similar to if you were to jump on-and-off your mattress.”
This story originally appeared in the New York Post.