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Solar cycle: As mentioned above, the deep forerunners appeared in 2005 to 2007 – a declining period of solar cycle 23. These years also roughly correspond to the trough of the 44-year cycle starting in 1970, as well as much larger cycles – the 100-, 200- and 400-year cycles. The unusually strong natural disasters in recent years including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather can be attributed to the combined effects primarily originating from the enhanced discharge of Earth core energy during a major solar cycle trough
Planetary effects: Other factors that deserve serious consideration are planetary influences – particularly the Sun and the Moon, which may have worked as a trigger, or even enhanced the magnitude of the GEJE: It is well known that the Sun discharged strong flares (coronal mass ejections) several days before the disaster and the Moon was closest to the Earth at that time. Recent studies (such as Kolvankar et al., 2010) clarified the role of the Moon in triggering earthquakes. Further study is needed to fully understand these forces and their actual mechanisms in influencing Earth’s geodynamic processes.
How the 9/56 year cycle functions remains very puzzling. The best avenues for further research lie in the varying angles between the Moon, the Sun, the lunar ascending node, apogee and the spring equinox point (000 E°). The rising point may also be included assuming diurnal cycles of the Moon and Sun were significant. (NB: For a particular location on the Earth’s surface, the rising point is the point on the eastern horizon at a particular time.) All these Moon-Sun factors should be assessed collectively rather than separately, although this may be difficult to undertake. Then the sunspot cycle also needs to be considered. According to Choi & Maslov (2010), earthquake frequency for the period 1973 to 2010 was “closely related to the solar [sunspot] cycle: the number of earthquakes increases during the declining/trough periods.” In recent years, many papers have been published on the links between the sunspot cycle and seismic activity. Again, it was a complete mystery how the 9/56 year Moon-Sun effect could merge with the sunspot cycle to influence earthquake activity