Is Japan the Victim of the Curse of the Super Moon?

March 14, 2011

(ChattahBox Science News) Not to sound like an End Times preacher blaming natural disasters on curses and God’s wrath, but the news around the blogoshpere is attributing Japan’s recent troubles to the curse of the upcoming super moon. The so-called super moon phenomenon or lunar perigee event, occurs when a full moon moves closer than normal to the Earth. Supposedly, a super moon’s increased effect on the tides can cause catastrophic disasters and earthquakes, so much so, that days before the event occurs, apparently, the power of the super moon can wreak enough havoc to cause one of the most powerful earthquakes in history. Well, it’s a fanciful tale, mostly advanced by an astrologer named Richard Nolle, but real scientists call the curse of the super moon theories nonsense. Still, we are talking an “extreme supermoon” here, according to Nolle.

Although the Moon’s gravity does indeed affect the ocean tides and land tides, scientists say the slight increase in the gravitational pull of a super moon is not significant enough to curse the planet with catastrophic natural disasters. According to a Yahoo piece, John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, discounts the super moon hysteria.”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.'”

But astrologist Richard Nolle is predicting chaos. “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.”

Yikes!

Well, after the super moon appears in the sky on March 19, we’ll know for sure who’s right, but our planet has enough problems without the need to fearmonger about super moon curses.

Photo Source: Wikimedia/Matthias Kabel/Top of Gaisberg and rising moon/Creative Commons Attribution.


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