The Power of the Supermoon?
As I have mentioned here, on ABCnews.com (see the story by clicking here) and to people I had talked with about the supermoon, I was neutral, not a believer or non-believer in the power of the supermoon. Notice I say WAS. I am starting to believe!
This earthquake off Japan is devastating, causing tsunamis, whirlpools off the coast of Japan and undoubtedly strong aftershocks. This was quite simply one of the worst earthquakes ever. A passenger train missing, hundreds of bodies reportedly floating in the waters off of Japan after hundreds of ships capsizing, and the “Ring of Fire” becoming active and earthquakes already reported this week may be just the beginning.
Yes, it was eight days before the supermoon was full. I know that in my original blog Daniel Vogler mentioned +/- 3 days from the 19th and things may go haywire. I think one thing to keep in mind is that devastating events happened just outside this window during past supermoons (the tsunami between Christmas and New Year’s Eve of 2004 is a prime example, occurring around two weeks before the supermoon). I believe that the Earth may have already felt some of the supermoon’s effects. It could be a huge coincidence that this earthquake was not influenced by the supermoon. But in my totally unscientific opinion, having no hard evidence to back it up, it doesn’t seem like just coincidence to me.
Extreme Super (Full) Moon to Cause Chaos?
Mar 1, 2011; 7:54 AM ET
Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years. A new or full moon at 90% or greater of its closest perigee to Earth has been named a “SuperMoon” by astrologer Richard Nolle. This term has been recently picked up by astronomers. An extreme “SuperMoon” is when the moon is full or new as well as at its 100% greater mean perigee (closest) distance to earth. By this definition, last month’s full moon, this month’s and next month’s will all be extreme “SuperMoons”.
Please visit Richard’s website by clicking here.
I have read several “new age” forecasts that go something like this: “Extreme SuperMoon this month (March 2011) will bring strong earthquakes and storms and/or unusual climate patterns.” Google the term ‘extreme SuperMoon March 2011′ and see for yourself what comes up. The validity of these types of forecasts can be debated ad nauseum.
There were SuperMoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. These years had their share of extreme weather and other natural events. Is the Super Moon and these natural occurences a coincidence? Some would say yes; some would say no. I’m not here to pick sides and say I’m a believer or non-believer in subjects like this, but as a scientist I know enough to ask questions and try to find answers.
We obviously know that there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth (i.e. tides). There are also less proven theories that propose that the moon affects the Earth in other ways (i.e. abnormal behavior during a full moon). Can the Super (full) Moon contribute to extreme weather and other natural phenomenon?
AccuWeather Facebook fanpage member Daniel Vogler adds, “The last extreme super moon occurred was on January 10th, 2005, right around the time of the 9.0 Indonesia earthquake. That extreme super moon was a new moon. So be forewarned. Something BIG could happen on or around this date. (+/- 3 Days is my guess)”
So what can we expect this time? Earthquakes? Volcanic eruptions? I guess we can only wait and see.