Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan quake ... and Super Moon?

It's absolutely the first thing I thought of this morning, when I heard of the horrendous earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan.

Super Moon!

I wrote about Super Moon earlier this week (check out my earlier blog entry), but to bring you up to speed, here's the theory ... on March 19, the moon will reach its closest point to the earth in almost two decades. And it will be a full moon.

An astrologer, Richard Nolle, has given the name Super Moon to any case when the moon is either at its new or full status when it is close to the earth. Some have theorized that the stronger gravitational pull of the moon can cause earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes and other natural disasters on our planet.

They support that theory with the earthquake and killer tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004 (a Super Moon happened two weeks later) and a devastating cyclone which hit Darwin, Australia, in the 1970s.

Scientists dismiss the talk, saying the moon's gravitational pull is nowhere near strong enough to cause disasters on earth.

Now, with Super Moon a week away, we have this morning's devastating quake and tsunami in Japan. And an earthquake with a 4.2 magnitude hit Hawaii overnight. You want more? How about the eruption of a volcano in the Philippines?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a supporter of this Super Moon theory.

Earthquakes will happen, and many devastating quakes -- along with hurricanes and volcanoes -- happen when the moon is not close to the earth.

But the Super Moon believers certainly gained some fuel from this morning's events on the other side of the world.

ADDED ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON ...

Mike Persinger, a co-worker here at The Observer, pointed out a couple other interesting facts/coincidences concerning Super Moon.

There was a Super Moon a few days before the October 1989 earthquake that caused heavy damage in San Francisco and Oakland, and a Super Moon within a few days of the devastating August 1886 quake in Charleston.

I found yet another ... a Super Moon three days before Krakatoa, the famed Pacific volcano, began erupting in August 1883. A few days later, the mountain exploded, sending a 100-foot tsunami into some Pacific islands and leaving enough dust in the atmosphere to cause chilly summers for two years across the globe.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Makes sense....if you consider how the tides are created.

But the goofball commenter parade will try to belittle your logical assessment .

Timothy Whitson said...

I suspect in another 100 years, the scientists of the future will be astounded at how dumb our greatest minds are comparitively. We just don't have a complete handle on everything this universe has to offer.

fribster said...

I understand the moon's proximity would matter, but the phase should not matter at all.

Anonymous said...

Yes, fribster, the phase does matter. It is directly related to spring and neap. Read up on tidal water. At new or full Moon, the tidal effects of the Sun and the Moon cooperate.

Anonymous said...

God is warming up his Trumphet.

Leo said...

It should be easy to do a correlation analysis between super moons and the frequency / severity of natural disasters. I'm sure there is tons of data for both.

Johnson Lucy said...

I am very much astonished that what the super moon is going to do with us. we can just pray from God save the whole world.
http://searchesntopics.com/2011/03/11/did-super-moon…ger-for-stocks/

Johnson Lucy said...

I am very much astonished that what the super moon is going to do with us. we can just pray from God save the whole world.
http://searchesntopics.com/2011/03/11/did-super-moon…ger-for-stocks

Anonymous said...

man has yet to be ready for the apocalypse
these are just the symbols to show that we are still in deep sleep
time is running out...
either we wake up on time or loose the race against time...


ocean explorer

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking it's probably safer to live the next 10-12 yrs on the moon.

Anonymous said...

If the moon can move the tides, then why not molten lava and tektonic plates?

Doesn't "solid land" basically float on a sea of molten rock?

Sounds reasonable enough to me.

Anonymous said...

The Supermoon is definitely responsible for the comedian Gallagher collapsing on stage, though.

Anonymous said...

According to this article, the moon isn't yet close enough to have any "unusual" effects.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/03/11/no-the-supermoon-didnt-cause-the-japanese-earthquake/

So, we still need to wait a few days for the "Supermoon" effect.

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting to hear what Pat Robertson has to say about this earthquake.

If the Haitian earthquake was due to voodoo and a pact with the Devil, my guess is that the Japanese one has something to do with the Buddha.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a study of correlation between Super Moon and celebrity meltdowns...poor Charlie Sheen, it's not his fault.

Seriously though, this isn't our Earth, we are just living here.

Anonymous said...

The moon was farther away than average when the quake happened. The SuperMoon thing is on the 19th March, so this quake is evidence AGAINST the supermoon theory as the Moon is further away than normal, and the Earth/Moon/Sun isn't lined up yet.

Anonymous said...

Actually, two days before this Japan earthquake/tsunami, a cute young girl wearing a navy uniform tripped on a rock, exposing her panties. Oh wait, that's a Sailor Moon. Nevermind.

Lynne Stevenson said...

My cousin used to talk about how the volcanic eruption in 1883 caused it to snow here in the Carolinas during the summertime. She said that a lot of people starved to death because crops could not grow. Anything is possible and we can't dismiss anything totally...

Anonymous said...

An astrologer?

I'm sure you meant an astronomer.

Anonymous said...

I think it should be noticed that tides have been rising for the last week leading up to the moon's approach. Would this not be the same for magma flows beneath the Earth's plates? It would seem to me that the earthquake and super-moon are linked.
2004 super quake preceded a super-moon as well. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Coral Sea preceded the 1974 super-moon which also coincided with Cyclone Wanda. A great flood in Conneticut coincides with the 1955 one...
We should also realise that the gravitational affect on water/magma would also be affected by the approaching comet due to pass close to Earth on the 15th March 2011
Do we truly understand the forces at play?

Anonymous said...

It's all something to think about, isn't it? I guess we'll see what happens on the 19th, won't we?

Anonymous said...

CNN says radiation has reached California Hollywood and the left coast. What about since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 when 250k were vaporized & millions died of cancer later? Did any affect the left coast? Nevermind. Rhetorical. Deja vu.

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