It was a sight to behold, despite the fogs that enveloped the camp tonight, and despite the fact that astrologers foretold of more disasters because of the lunar perigee – the point when the moon is closest to the Earth.
But scientists are still confident that there is no correlation between the Supermoon and the series of natural disasters and political turmoil happening all over the world.
This article on msnbc.com sheds some light:
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.
Well, for one, it was so beautiful that I am willing to bet thousands of people fell in love tonight. That is quite an effect!