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post Mar 12 2011, 12:38 PM, updated 7y ago


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19 March 2011 'Supermoon' Trigger Natural Disasters?

On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away. On top of that, it will be full. And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.

Richard Nolle, a noted astrologer who runs the website astropro.com, has famously termed the upcoming full moon at lunar perigee (the closest approach during its orbit) an "extreme supermoon."

When the moon goes super-extreme, Nolle says, chaos will ensue: Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth. (It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)

But do we really need to start stocking survival shelters in preparation for the supermoon? [Photos: Our Changing Moon]

The question is not actually so crazy. In fact scientists have studied related scenarios for decades. Even under normal conditions, the moon is close enough to Earth to make its weighty presence felt: It causes the ebb and flow of the ocean tides.

The moon's gravity can even cause small but measureable ebbs and flows in the continents, called "land tides" or "solid Earth tides," too. The tides are greatest during full and new moons, when 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, particularly dramatic land and ocean tides do trigger earthquakes. "Both 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," Vidale told Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to SPACE.com.

At times of full and new moons, "you see a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity, and a slightly higher response in volcanoes."

The effect of tides on seismic activity is greatest in subduction zones such as the Pacific Northwest, where one tectonic plate is sliding under another. William Wilcock, another seismologist at the University of Washington, explained: "When you have 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."

According to Wilcock, earthquake activity in subduction zones at low tides is 10 percent higher than at other times of the day, but he hasn't observed any correlations between earthquake activity and especially low tides at new and full moons. Vidale has observed only a very small correlation.

What about during a lunar perigee? Can we expect more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on March 19, when the full moon will be so close?

The moon's gravitational pull at lunarperigee, the scientists say, is not different enough from its pull at other times to significantly change the height of the tides and thus the likelihood of natural disasters. [Infographic: Phases of the Moon Explained]

"A lot of studies have been done on this kind of thing by USGS scientists and others," John Bellini, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, told Life's Little Mysteries. "They haven't found anything significant at all."

Vidale concurred. "Practically speaking, you'll never see any effect of lunar perigee," he said. "It's somewhere between 'It has no effect' and 'It's so small you don't see any effect.'"

The bottom line is, the upcoming supermoon won't cause a preponderance of earthquakes, although the idea isn't a crazy one.

"Earthquakes don't respond as much to the tides as you'd think they would. There should actually be more of an effect," said Vidale.

Most natural disasters have nothing to do with the moon at all. The Earth has a lot of pent up energy, and it releases it anytime the buildup gets too great. The supermoon probably won't push it past the tipping point, but we'll know for sure, one way or the other, by March 20.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20110310/sc_...aturaldisasters

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post Mar 12 2011, 12:39 PM


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post Mar 12 2011, 12:39 PM


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straits chinese can balik tongsan already. no more singapore.

oh. still got penang and malacca.

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post Mar 12 2011, 12:40 PM


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post Mar 12 2011, 12:43 PM


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if SG sink means johor bharu also half gone
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post Mar 12 2011, 12:43 PM


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singapore sink, penang sink, labuan sink?? sweat.gif
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post Mar 12 2011, 12:44 PM


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post Mar 12 2011, 12:44 PM


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QUOTE(ADVAN @ Mar 12 2011, 12:39 PM)
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hopefully soon
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Not even one "singapore" case found in the excerpt.
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post Mar 12 2011, 12:53 PM


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Super Moon explained.. have connection with Japan earthquake??


Acheh tsunami disaster happen before supermoon??
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post Mar 12 2011, 12:56 PM


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post Mar 12 2011, 01:06 PM


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little that u guys know. singapore actually a big giant floating ship. aka. the spermoctopus. when disaster came, they and their big fukken island already somewhere in the mediterranean sea
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post Mar 12 2011, 01:14 PM


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halleluyah.....
god bless rid of sgpura from earth...
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post Mar 12 2011, 01:19 PM


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no more singapore means no more jb.. fark u guys who curse!!
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i will surely like that
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QUOTE(hack3line @ Mar 12 2011, 12:53 PM)
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nothing related to supermoon. plz google more
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post Mar 12 2011, 01:20 PM


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post Mar 12 2011, 01:22 PM


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i'm sure part of johor will be sink too
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post Mar 12 2011, 01:26 PM


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QUOTE(bilabong @ Mar 12 2011, 01:14 PM)
halleluyah.....
god bless rid of sgpura from earth...
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and malaysia will lose one of her biggest economy partner and you,me and everyone will spent their remaining times looking for jobs.
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post Mar 12 2011, 07:27 PM


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QUOTE(kyuukokunoten @ Mar 12 2011, 01:26 PM)
and malaysia will lose one of her biggest economy partner and you,me and everyone will spent their remaining times looking for jobs.
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dont think so
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post Mar 12 2011, 07:42 PM


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if 19th march nth happen i wan that guy's head on a fence
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post Mar 12 2011, 07:44 PM


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QUOTE(hack3line @ Mar 12 2011, 12:43 PM)
singapore sink, penang sink, labuan sink??  sweat.gif
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Malaysia oso sink..
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post Mar 14 2011, 10:53 AM


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On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away. On top of that, it will be full. And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.


18 yrs only? If true already SG gone last 18 yrs
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post Mar 14 2011, 10:56 AM


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QUOTE(kyuukokunoten @ Mar 12 2011, 01:26 PM)
and malaysia will lose one of her biggest economy partner and you,me and everyone will spent their remaining times looking for jobs.
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post Mar 14 2011, 10:58 AM


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