On 19 March our moon will be very close to earth.
Map of the Sendai Earthquake 2011: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_Sendai_Earthquake_2011.jpg
Japan has just experienced what may be the sixth largest earthquake in the recorded history of our planet earth. Thousands may be dead from the quake and the following tsunami as I type wondering about long-lost friends who lived in Chiba. Why did this happen? The reason is simple; the larger Pacific plate off the coast is being subducted (going under) the North American tectonic plate that the northern part of Japan sits on and it sometimes “sticks” then buckles and shifts dramatically. This causes the quake and the sudden displacement of water that forms the tsunami. Japan sits on the North American and Eurasian plates which meet the Pacific Plate and the Philippine Plate on the eastern coastline. The Pacific Ocean is ringed with active tectonic plates and hence has many quakes and volcanoes so it is called the “Ring of Fire”.
On the 19th March, next week, some astrologers say the moon will be 221,567 miles away, which is very close to earth. Closer than it has been since 1992. This is called a lunar perigree. During a perigree the moon appears closer and brighter. When it is its furthest possible away from us in its elliptical orbit it is called an apogee. During an apogee it is smaller and dimmer. They believe that this is putting a greater gravitational pull on our planet and warned of coming quakes and tsunamis. Previous supermoons took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 in which there were extreme weather events. The Boxing Day tsunami of Indonesia came two weeks before a 2005 supermoon. Some people even think the cyclone that hit Darwin, Australia on Christmas 1974 was caused by a supermoon.
Now, the moon does control our tides with its gravitational pull. The moon when it is “full” and when it is “new” does exert more “pull” on earth and this Sendai quake happened between the two Astronomers say that the moon will only be a few kilometers closers and therefore have no dramatic effect like quakes or storms. . A lunar perigree happens every month and yet quakes like Japan’s do not happen every month. Yes, the tides will be stronger and that may place a smidgen more pressure on our planet. This one will be a full moon. It is just coincidence but – does make one wonder?
The aftermath of the earthquake in Tokyo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Effect_of_2011_Sendai_earthquake_in_Tokyo.jpg
Fire at the Cosmo Oil refinery in Ichihara: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cosmo_Oil_explosion_20110311.png