What does a Supermoon have in common with a hurricane, earthquake or tsunami? According to scientists: nothing. According to astrologer Richard Noelle (who incidentally coined the term ‘Supermoon’) a Supermoon can trigger a natural disaster.
A Supermoon is the term that describes a new or full moon at its closest approach to Earth within a given orbit. Whenever there is a new or full moon, the Earth, moon and sun are all in line. During the time of a Supermoon, the moon is at its closest point to Earth on its elliptical orbit. Astronomers call it a perigee full moon. Scientists say that no evidence has been found to link a Supermoon with earthquakes however Richard Noelle’s research suggests that despite it appearing to defy logic explanation, there is a correlation between a Supermoon and natural disasters. To support his theory his research shows that some natural disasters have occurred at the time of, or within fourteen days before or after a Supermoon.
On the Supermoon of 8th September, 1900, for instance, a huricane and tidal surge struck Texas. There was an earthquake in Hawke’s Bay in February 1931 around the time of a Supermoon. A massive flood in Australia in 1954 has also been connected to a Supermoon. Cyclone Tracey in Australia in 1974 can be linked to a Supermoon. In 1991 Mount Pintubo eruption occurred close to a Supermoon. The 9.0 Earthquake that struck Indonesia in 2005 was within days of a Supermoon. In 2011, the Japanese Earthquake which triggered a horrific tsunami occurred nine days before a Supermoon.
If Noelle’s theory is correct, Supermoons may trigger events on Earth such as earthquakes, extreme weather and extreme coastal tides, severe storms, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Scientists say Supermoons cannot cause earthquakes however seismologist John Vidale from the University of Washington in Seattle has noticed that there is a small increase in tectonic activity when the Earth, moon and sun are aligned.
There are Supermoons when nothing significant has occurred but many people are starting to take Noelle’s theory more seriously. As well as being a spectacular cosmic event to watch out for in the skies, here’s a list of the next ten Supermoons: June 23rd 2013 when the full moon will be in Capricorn; July 22nd, 2013 when the full moon will be in Aquarius; January 1st 2014 when the new moon will be in Capricorn; January 30th 2013 when the new moon will be in Aquarius, July 12th 2014 when the full moon will be in Capricorn; August 10th 2014 when the full moon will be in Aquarius; September 9th, 2014 when the full moon will be in Pisces; January 20th 2015 when the new moon will be in Aquarius and Febuary 18th 2015 when the new moon will be in Pisces.