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    Default Will March 19 '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?

    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.

    "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.
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    So, next Friday....there should be fucking in the streets.


    I'm good with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    So, next Friday....there should be fucking in the streets.


    I'm good with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovevh View Post
    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
    LOL! No need to read further.
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    Earth's ending Saturday? I'm good with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Earth's ending Saturday? I'm good with that.
    Damn! Van Halen was going to release the first new single to radio on the 20th! :
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    That's about right for VH.
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    Awesome! Ive got my bug out bags, my bug out 30 packs of beers and my shit cocked and locked. Im fired up and ready!

    Actually I think we have a birthday party to roll up to and I may have to eat a piece of stupid cake or something. So, it's gonna suck on my end. Out.
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    Well if there is anything to this and Japan was an opening act then we are all fucked! California is due especially with all these other major ones the past year or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddymon View Post
    Well if there is anything to this and Japan was an opening act then we are all fucked! California is due especially with all these other major ones the past year or so.
    Coincidence, dude.

    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.

    "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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    Coincidence, dude.
    I don't believe those scientists anymore, they can't even get the weather right for tomorrow.
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    So the synopsis of that article is basically "We think the moon could fuck all of us up but more than likely, it will just be a little bit bigger and brighter than normal and do absolutley nothing"

    Im glad these people have Phd's for this shit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Boxer 9901 View Post
    So the synopsis of that article is basically "We think the moon could fuck all of us up but more than likely, it will just be a little bit bigger and brighter than normal and do absolutley nothing"

    Im glad these people have Phd's for this shit!
    I read it similarly, but with a bit of a twist.

    "Hey, the moon's going to be stunning on March 19th, and could make for rather romantic escapades and an overall beautiful night sky. Instead of enjoying it, we want you to fear the 'supermoon,' because some of us think it may have the possibility to kind of potentially do something to Earth."
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    Idiot astrologers. I show them my full moon.
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