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Does a Supermoon Cause an Earthquake and Other Natural Disasters?

Scientists don’t support the “extreme supermoon”-earthquake connection and believe that the March 19th lunar perigee is not responsible for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. NASA astronomer Dave Williams asserts that on March 11, 2011 - the day when earthquake rattled the Tohuko region of Japan - the moon was actually much closer to its farthest point in orbit (about 240,000 miles away from Earth) from our planet. At the time of the earthquake, the Moon was not at its closest point in its orbit and hence the gravitational effect of the Moon was quite less than the average.3 This clearly negates the assumption that the Moon’s gravitational pull was responsible for the earthquake in Japan.

Scientists believe there is no connection between natural calamities (earthquake, volcanoes etc.) and the position of the Moon because studies have proved that the Moon’s position does not cause any seismic activity. Senior meteorologist Paul Walker thinks it is wrong to link earthquakes to full Moon. The full Moon at lunar perigee on March 19, 2011 will only cause tides and there is no connection between tides and natural disasters.3

Moon Perigee, Earth Tides and Tectonic Activity

Recent studies by USGS scientists have revealed that the full Moon at lunar perigee may cause slight seismic activity. When the Sun and the Moon are aligned on the same or the opposite sides of the Earth, the Moon’s gravity causes ocean tides and land tides or Earth tides, which may be the reason for shallow, low-intensity quakes.4 (To learn more about the Moon’s tidal effect on the Earth’s ocean, read “Ocean Tides and the Moon: How the Moon Affects the Tides”.)

When the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, we have a full Moon or new Moon day, which causes ocean tides and Earth tides. When the Sun, Earth and the Moon are aligned at perigee, the tides (high tides and low tides) are at their peak. This, according to geologists, can slightly increase the seismic activity in areas such as the Pacific Northwest. Seismologists like John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, assert that the full Moon can cause land tides, but a “very small increase in tectonic activity” has been observed when the Sun, Earth and the Moon are aligned. He also adds that “there is a less than 1-percent increase in the seismic activity in these areas.5"

While this news can be meat for doomsday prophecy experts and astrologers to back their claims, scientists say there’s no need to worry as the gravitational effect of the full Moon on Earth won’t have any significant effect on seismic activity.


The supermoon phenomenon doesn’t cause earthquakes and other natural disasters simply because the gravitational pull of our natural satellite only triggers ocean and land tides and not earthquakes. However, the ocean and land tides occurring during full Moon at perigee may be the reason for the slight increase in seismic activity in areas like the Pacific Northwest. However, the tectonic activity is quite low-intensity and shallow to cause a major earthquake.

The next “extreme supermoon” will be on November 14, 2016, and like the March 19, 2011 supermoon phenomenon, this too shall pass away with its share of arguments and controversies. But, one thing is certain, it will not be the cause of massive earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural events.

1 Nolle, Richard Supermoon: “What it is and what it means?”

2 Forer, Ben & Heussner Ki Mae: 'Super moon' Has No Connection to Japanese Earthquake

3 Forer, Ben & Heussner Ki Mae 'Super moon' Has No Connection to Japanese Earthquake

4 “Can the position of the moon or the planets affect seismicity?”

5 Wolchover, Natalie: “Will March 19 'Super moon' Trigger Natural Disasters?”

“No, the “super moon” didn’t cause the Japanese earthquake”

Did tomorrow’s Super Moon cause the earthquake in Japan?

Tomorrow, the moon will be closer to the Earth than it’s been in 18 years, a phenomenon astronomers refer to as a “Super Moon.” The giant moon will be visible “pretty much any time during the night,” said Geza Gyuk, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

The moon’s egg-shaped orbit means that there are times when it is at perigee- its shortest distance from Earth or at apogee- its farthest distance from Earth. And because the size of the moon’s orbit varies slightly, each perigee is different. Tomorrow’s Super Moon will be 221,566 miles (356,577 kilometers) away from Earth. The last time the full moon was so close was in 1993, according to NASA.

Three days before a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook Japan, The Week published an article titled, “Could a ‘Super Moon’ cause climate chaos?” According to the article, some astrologers say this is the beginning of a “moonageddon,” causing enormous storms, earthquakes and floods. The Week cites that both the New England hurricane of 1938 and the Australian Hunter Valley floods of 1955 happened during Super Moons. So it seems harrowing that that 3 days later, the earthquake hit Japan, taking 10,000 victims.

But scientists have come to bat for the Super Moon, saying that there is no connection between tomorrow’s lunar event and last week’s earthquake in Japan. ABCNews reports that the Super Moon had little to do with the earthquake.

    “At the time of the earthquake in Japan, the moon was actually closer to its furthest point in orbit from Earth than it was to its March 19 closest point, so the gravitational effect of the moon was, in fact, less than average at that time,” NASA astronomer Dave Williams wrote in an e-mail to “It was basically a normal day on Earth as far as the lunar gravity and tidal forces were concerned. Unless the Earth somehow ‘knew’ the supermoon was coming, I can’t imagine any scientific connection between the two events.”

The Week quotes Pete Wheeler of the International Center for Radio Astronomy who said, “All that will happen next week is that the Earth will experience a ‘lower than usual low tide and a higher than usual high tide.’ A Super Moon, he concludes, is ‘nothing to get excited about.’”

Astronomer David Reneke tells the Week, “‘If you try hard enough you can chronologically associate almost any natural disaster or event to anything in the night sky. In the past people thought the sun would be pulled apart when the planets aligned. It didn’t happen.”

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What would they want you to think that the moon or even the sun has influence on the planet earth?

it could lead to solar or even lunar worship.

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Yet, fearmongering scientists expect us to believe that solar activity is causing wars and conflict.
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