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The new term supermoon has become more and more popular over the last couple of years. A supermoon is one that is slightly larger and slightly brighter than our average moons. It’s something most people would not even notice other than the die hard moon fans.
November 2016 will bring us something even bigger! I’m calling it a superdupermoon. The moon will be the closest to the earth that it’s been since January of 1948. During the November 14, 2016 full moon, it will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 brighter than a normal full moon.
The next time the moon will get this close to the earth will be November 25, 2034 so make this one to view! A regular supermoon will also take place on December 14, 2016 so mark your calendar for that as well.
The moon's gravitational pull at lunar perigee, 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.
I know the sample size is extremely small, but look at the "coincidences" here:
On Dec. 31, 2009, there was a SuperMoon. On Jan. 30, 2010, there was an extreme SuperMoon. Guess what happened in between the two? A major earthquake. A 7.0 in Haiti on Jan. 12.
Recently, on Feb. 18, 2011, there was a SuperMoon. On March 19, 2011, an extreme SuperMoon will occur. Guess what happened in between? A major, major earthquake, 8.9 (some people think it may be upgraded to a 9.1) magnitude near the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. Right between the two!
So we have a SuperMoon, followed by a major earthquake, followed by an extreme SuperMoon. Pretty coincidental? Or is something else going on here?
originally posted by: Meldionne1
I know in October the Florida Keys flooded badly every high tide for a week when the super on was full.....and now that Novemebr full moon and Decemebr full moon will bring the same thing....I'm afraid to see how bad November will be .....Ugh ! Our yard was under water .literally..... Had fish swimming around in my yard! .....
How about statistics? Do they work in science? If there is not statistical correlation between full Moons and earthquakes, does that work?
Stop thinking in absolutes, it does not work in science.
originally posted by: muzzy
Well yes as it happens
two days before the Perigee of 26th Jan 1948
8.1Mw, 1948/1/24 17:46:40, 10.5, 122, Panay. Philippines.
I wouldn't describe an 8.1 as a SuperDuperQuake, but an 8 is described in the seismic community as a "Major" quake.