Was the Quake Caused by the “Supermoon?”

No.

No. No. No.

The term “supermoon” makes my eyes roll. That said, did the upcoming full moon, which will occur at the closest approach of the moon to the earth, cause the quake?

No. No. No.

Full moons happen regularly. Perhaps you’ve noticed. Perigee happens regularly. Perhaps you have not noticed that, but it certainly, predictably, does.

Earthquakes happen irregularly, unpredictably.

So: No. No. No.

This much I argued yesterday, trying to keep my eyes from spinning in their sockets from heaven-compelled foolishness. Here’s more:

The best evidence that this earthquake was not caused by a supermoon is that it happened now — exactly a week away from the date the moon will be full, and almost a week after it was new, the two times that the moon exerts its greatest pull on the planet..

A very small correlation exists between full or new moons and seismic activity, because the stronger-than-usual tidal forces caused by the alignment of the sun and moon puts added stress on tectonic plates.

But this quake happened with the sun and moon askew — the time when tidal forces are weakest. Putting aside the fact that the moon doesn’t trigger massive earthquakes, blaming this quake on the supermoon is like trying to pin a house fire on an arsonist who is out of town at the time of the crime.

The ‘supermoon’ did not cause Japanese quake – Technology & science – Space – Space.com – msnbc.com

 

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune –often the surfeit of our own behavior– we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were … fools by heavenly compulsion.

–King Lear, Act I, scene 2

 

 

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