Extreme Supermoon on March 19, 2011 To Cause Severe Earth Damage?

By on Mar 11, 2011 in Headlines, Science Comments
Extreme Supermoon on March 19, 2011
Image Credit: JPL/NASA

Extreme Supermoon, the term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, is being used to describe the moon as it circles around the Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) on March 19, 2011, according to a report by Space.com. The lunar perigee or the closest distance of the moon during its orbit around the earth on March 19 is the closest that the moon will be circling around the earth in the past 18 years and astrologers believe may cause severe damage on the planet.

According to Nolle, when the moon reached super-extreme, the Earth will experience huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters.

Studies of scientists revealed that the moon’s gravity can cause ebbs and flows in the continents, called “land tides” or “solid Earth tides.” High tides are at its peak during full and new moons. During this time the sun and moon are aligned either on the same or opposite sides of the Earth.

According to John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, “the moon and sun do stress the Earth a tiny bit, and when we look hard we can see a very small increase in tectonic activity when they’re aligned.” He added that during full and new moons, “you see a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity, and a slightly higher response in volcanoes.”

Seismic activity, where tectonic plate slides over another, in subduction zones that include the Pacific Northwest are greatly affected by tides.

According to William Wilcock, also a seismologist at the University of Washington, when there is a “low tide, there’s less water, so the pressure on the seafloor is smaller. That pressure is clamping the fault together, so when it’s not there, it makes it easier for the fault to slip.” He further explained that earth movement in subduction zones at low tides is 10 percent higher than at other times of the day, however, there has been no clear observation on the correlations of earthquake activity, specifically low tides to new and full moons.

Scientists explained that during a lunar perigee, the moon’s gravitational pull is not different enough from its pull at other times to make a significant change in the height of the tides.



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