Earthquakes, Tsunamis, SuperMoon… as humans we try our hardest to come up with reasons as to why things happen. In light of the events in Japan, many people are wondering if the Moon, or more appropriately the SuperMoon is to blame.
A SuperMoon is explained in great detail here, but basically it is a very large full Moon. A SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is at least 90% of the way to its perigee (closest approach to earth) position at the same time it is full or new.
With a SuperMoon coming up on Saturday, March 19, many people are wondering whether or not extreme SuperMoons can cause natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. While we know that the Moon does have a direct relation on tides, most astronomers and scientists do not believe this SuperMoon had anything to do with the earthquake or tsunami that hit Japan last Friday.
Even though this particular full Moon is larger than normal and at its closest point to the Earth, it is unlikely to cause much disruption on Earth, beyond the usual proxigean spring tide. These tides are usually stronger when the Moon is new than when it’s full, so the conventional wisdom is that the upcoming event will result only in slightly higher than normal spring tides.
What do you think? Do you think the SuperMoon had any impact? Share your thoughts here and remember, no matter what you believe about the SuperMoon’s impact on Earth, be sure to you check out the sky this coming Saturday night.