The supermoon didn’t cause the tsunami but very well may have cause the earthquake as the moon pulls on the earth…it could also be causing the many volcanos that have started erupting since the earthquake… http://a12iggymom.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/why-hasnt-this-been-reported/ The arrogance of the NWS spokeswoman is typical of their crappy attitude to anyone who questions their wrong assumptions…ie-global warning/cooling…
“A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service told the Daily News scientists there didn’t believe the supermoon effects were …more than an armchair meteorologists’ theory with little scientific basis. “We don’t bother our scientists with talking about that,” she said.”
An earthquake-triggered tsunami could have been caused by a supermoon, some scientists said.
Japan‘s giant tsunami has revived one of amateur meteorologists’ favorite theories: the effects of the supermoon.
The supermoon is a phenomenon that takes place when the moon is closest to the Earth, astrologer Richard Nolle said.
It’s set to occur on March 19 – and also happened in 2005, when another giant tsunami hit, Nolle said.
Next week, the moon will be just 221,566 miles from earth. The event – formally known as a lunar perigee – happens when a new or full moon comes within 90% of the closest approach possible.
How much the supermoon can change that is up for debate.
On his blog on accuweather.com, meteorologist Mark Paquette said there is something to Nolle’s theory.
“There were SuperMoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005,” Paquette wrote. “These years had their share of extreme weather and other natural events. Is the Super Moon and these natural occurrences a coincidence? Some would say yes; some would say no. I’m not here to pick sides and say I’m a believer or non-believer in subjects like this, but as a scientist I know enough to ask questions and try to find answers.”
The basis for the theory is that the moon’s gravity causes changes in the tides – something most scientists widely accept. The closer the moon is, the more havoc it can wreck, supermoon theorists say.
Some astrologers believe the occurrence of tsunamis close to the latest supermoon and the last one are enough proof.
“Supermoons, in fact, have a historical association with strong storms, very high tides, extreme tides and also earthquakes,” Nolle said on ABC radio.
“Supermoons are like eclipses. We have roughly five to six per year … and so it can be very close to Earth but we don’t have to have one at the maximum close approach to have a notable effect.”
Most scientists don’t buy that the supermoon and tsunami are anything more than a conspiracy theory.
“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 the Life’s Little Mysteries website. “They haven’t found anything significant at all.”
A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service told the Daily News scientists there didn’t believe the supermoon effects were more than an armchair meteorologists’ theory with little scientific basis.
“We don’t bother our scientists with talking about that,” she said. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/03/11/2011-03-11_did_the_supermoon_do_it_scientists_debate_effects_of_lunar_.html
Earthquake, tsunami strike Japan
A 8.9 magnitude earthquake slammed Japan’s northeastern coast, unleashing a 33-foot tsunami on March 11. Earthquake-triggered tsunamis have spread through the waters from Japan to Hawaii and California. Here, Tsunami waves overtake homes in Natori, Japan.