Does the full moon trigger earthquakes?

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Indonesia had a 7.3 earthquake this past January 10, 2012 (18:37 UTC)

There was a full moon which peaked January 9, 2012 (07:31 UTC). 

When the earthquake struck the moon was still 97% full waxing gibbous.

In 2004, six years and one month ago, the same area was hit by the giant Indian Ocean super earthquake.  It was a megathrust, over magnitude 9 (the third largest ever recorded).  It created a tsunami which killed 230,000 people, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history.

That earthquake occurred December 26 2004, (00:59 UTC).

On December 26, 2004 (15:06 UTC) the moon was also full.

Only coincidence?  Here is a news story about storms triggering earthquakes:

Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Huge Earthquakes

From this story:

“The water’s enormous weight causes the Indian plate to bend slightly under the pressure. That, in turn, causes the edge of the plate to move slightly. “Imagine having a big book and bending it in the middle,” Ader said. “The pages want to slide against each other at the edges.”

If a typhoon or monsoon can trigger an earthquake I would suggest so could the ocean’s tides.  The vast oceans put much more stress on the earth’s crust then any storm.  And what influences the tides?  The moon.  Does the moon trigger earthquakes?

Watching the full moon these past cloudless nights I was struck by how bright and beautiful…and potentially dangerous the moon is.

MAJOR EARTHQUAKE STRIKES PAKISTAN DURING FULL MOON

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jan-18-full-moonI was waiting for this.  Would it happen again?  The full moon had arrived.  And when the moon is full, expect a significant earthquake.  Sure enough, like clockwork, we had a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which struck Pakistan.  The moon was waxing gibbous, 99% of full.  The time was Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 20:23:26 UTC.   Will there be more earthquakes to follow?

Major earthquake strikes southwestern Pakistan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 struck Wednesday morning in a remote area of southwestern Pakistan, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake occurred at 1:23 a.m. (3:23 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of 84 kilometers (52 miles). It was centered 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Dalbandin; 255 kilometers (158 miles) west of Kalat; 310 kilometers (192 miles) east-southeast of Zahedan, Iran; and 1,020 kilometers (633 miles) west-southwest of Islamabad, Pakistan, the USGS said on its website.

7.0 EARTHQUAKE HITS ARGENTINA AS NEW MOON WANES

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jan-1-2011-moonWhen the moon is full or new, I keep an eye out for large earthquakes.  On January 1, 2011, the beginning of the New Year, the moon was waning 6% of full. 

On this day was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina. Luckily the quake was deep beneath the earth and did little damage.

Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 09:56:59 (UTC) – Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 06:56:59 AM local time at epicenter

Northern Argentina hit by 7.0 quake

Will there be any more earthquakes to follow?

NEW MOON EARTHQUAKE UPDATE:  7.1 EARTHQUAKE HITS CHILE

On January 2 a powerful 7.1 earthquake hit Chile.  This is a day after the 7.0 earthquake in Argentina.  Both happened as the moon waned new, the Chile earthquake occurring when the new moon was 1% of full.  The time was Sunday, January 02, 2011 at 20:20:18 UTC.  7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Chile

I focus on major earthquakes.  Minor ones happen daily.  But on Jan. 3 there was a 4.5 earthquake in Southern Utah as the moon was at 0% of full, or completely dark.   Earthquake Rattles Southern Utah

It is curious that this has happened just before a partial solar eclipse on January 4.  Quite curious!  Partial solar eclipse visible over Mideast, Europe

 In a related news story of interest:
Natural disasters made 2010 one of the deadliest, costliest years in history: report

WINTER SOLSTICE LUNAR ECLIPSE AND AN EARTHQUAKE IN IRAN

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lunar-eclipseEARTHQUAKE UPDATE:  DECEMBER 21, ONE DAY AFTER THE LUNAR ECLIPSE, 7.4 EARTHQUAKE HITS NEAR JAPAN!  Major 7.4-magnitude quake hits near Japanese islands: USGS

“The quake hit at 2:19 am local time (1719 GMT Tuesday), 153 kilometres (95 miles) east of Chichi-shima in Japan’s remote Bonin island region and at a shallow depth of just 14 kilometres.”  An even bigger 7.4 earthquake has hit near Japan following the lunar eclipse. and the Iran earthquke!

We have two stories I believe are related.  Tonight on this December 20 we will have a winter solstice lunar eclipse. This is a rare event, to have a lunar eclipse during the longest night of the year, the winter solstice.  The last time this occurred was in 1638.

Earlier today Iran suffered a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.  I was expecting something like this to happen when the full moon was approaching its lunar eclipse.  This is just one more example of the power of the moon and its influence over the earth.  Will there be more earthquakes to follow? 

The lunar eclipse:  Lunar Eclipse Tonight Will Cast Rare Shadow on Winter Solstice

A total lunar eclipse will be visible across North America tonight, just in time for the longest night of the year. This will be the first time a lunar eclipse has fallen on the winter solstice since 1638.  The Earth’s shadow will begin to blot out the moon at 1:32 am EST.

Another story about the eclipse:  Will Tuesday Be the Darkest Day in 372 Years? 

 The earthquake:  Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes Iran

december-20-full-moonA magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southeastern Iran on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 10:11 p.m. local time, or 1:41 p.m. ET, according to the USGS.

Magnitude
6.5
Monday, December 20, 2010 at 18:41:59 UTC
Location
28.439°N, 59.098°E
Depth
12.4 km (7.7 miles) set by location program
Region
SOUTHEASTERN IRAN

Iran earthquake update:  Hundreds trapped after earthquake destroys villages in Iran

Nine aftershocks followed the 6.5 magnitude quake, which hit at least thirty villages in the southeast of the country.  At least seven people have been killed in a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that jolted southeast Iran yesterday, destroying remote villages and trapping hundreds.

DANGEROUS FULL MOON STRIKES AGAIN: EARTHQUAKES 6.7 MAGNITUDE OFF MEXICO, 7.7 OFF INDONESIA

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Last night I looked up into the sky and saw the big bright moon waxing gibbous.  it was beautiful.  But also dangerous.  While admiring the moon, my thoughts turned to the knowledge that we often have earthquakes during the full or new moon.  I wondered if we’d have another quake soon.  Today, as the moon was 98% full, we had a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Mexico’s Gulf of California. 

The details for Thursday October 21:
USGS reports magnitude-6.7 earthquake in Mexico

“The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude of the quake that hit at 11:53 a.m. (1:53 p.m. EDT, 1753 GMT) was calculated as 6.7.  The epicenter was about 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Los Mochis and 85 miles (140 kilometers) northeast of La Paz in Baja California. It was at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).”

On my side bar, if you scroll down, you will see a widget that gives the current phase of the moon.  It’s a handy thing to check out if you ever need to know what the moon’s phase is at the minute.  I did a screen print of it (pictured below) so we could see the phase at around the time of the earthquake. 

I fear soon we’ll have a truly massive earthquake and the moon will be responsible.  The moon is so far away but still dangerous.  At least the moon gives us a warning!

DANGEROUS FULL MOON UPDATE:  October 25 at 1642 GMT a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  In 2004 a disastrous earthquake and tsunami hit the same island.   The moon was waxing gibbous 93% full.  October 23rd the full moon was at its peak. Here is the story: Major Earthquake Strikes off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

MORE UPDATES:  More then 270 people were killed by a tsunami caused by the Indonesian earthquake. Indonesia tsunami deaths increase after Sumatra quake  And a volcano has begun erupting.  Indonesia Responds to Dual Natural Disasters   “And in Central Java, Mount Merapi, the country’s most active volcano, began spewing searing ash and debris late Tuesday.”

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New moon at perigee followed hours later by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

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Here we go again.  The new moon was at its peak August 10 at 03:09 UTC.  A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the pacific island nation of Vanuatu at 05:23 UTC, only a couple of hours later.  In addition, the moon was at perigee later the same day at 17:57 UTC.  This major earthquake was followed by numerous aftershocks.

Vanuatu appears particularly vulnerable to the tug of the sun and moon.  The earthquake struck at a depth of 27 miles/35 kilometers below the earth.  Perhaps the moon’s influence on the ocean’s tides can trigger earthquakes, but I doubt tides would cause a quake so deep underground.  

I don’t personally believe 2012 is the end of the world.  Yet, these celestially inspired earthquakes do make me wonder.  Famed psychic Edgar Cayce predicted major earth changes in the future as the Earth shifted on its axis.  Let’s hope he was not accurate, but there is always the possibility he was.  Nothing we can do about it anyway, so why worry?

6.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS CHILE HOURS AFTER TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PASSES OVERHEAD

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The connection between earthquakes and celestial events is starting to be noticed even in the media.  Below are two headlines that mention the solar eclipse and an earthquake in the same headline.  July 11, 2010:

Earthquake Follows Solar Eclipse  A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck Chile – only hours after a total solar eclipse touched part of the country.  The quake was centred 77km east northeast of Calama, the US Geological Survey says and struck at a depth of 99km just after midnight (12.11pm Monday NZT). A total solar eclipse touched Chile only hours earlier as it crossed the South Pacific on Sunday night. The eclipse, which was only visible from small sections of land, including Easter Islands, ended over southern parts of Chile and Argentina.

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile Hours After Solar Eclipse
The quake which struck at 8:11 pm hours after a total solar eclipse touched part of the country had a depth of 56.7 miles and was centered about 50 miles east-northeast of Calama according to the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Solar Eclipse in the south pacific sky Chile !!!

Another Full Moon Earthquake, And The Tarot’s Message.

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Moon Struck Tower

We have another full moon earthquake. This is starting to become a regular event. Nobody seems to notice these full and new moon quakes, but I do. There was a full moon on June 26, 2010 at 11:31 GMT. In addition there was a partial lunar eclipse beginning from 1017 GMT and lasting for 3 hours.  54% of the moon was covered by the earth’s shadow at its peak at 1138 GMT.   And on June 26 at 05:30 GMT there was an earthquake which struck off the Solomon Islands. It was a powerful 6.7 magnitude quake.
Strong earthquake strikes off the Solomon Islands, no tsunami threat

sat-26-full-moonThe idea the moon has an influence over the earth is an old one.  One example is in a tarot card, The Moon.  The moon card shows the moon hovering above, and below are baying hounds and a crayfish crawling out of a pool of water.  In the background is a pair of towers.  The tarot’s moon card shows the moon having an esoteric impact on the world below. 

Outside the spiritual symbolism is also a curious symbolism suggesting the moon’s ability to cause earthquakes.  The towers in the background seem very similar to the destroyed tower in the tarot card titled the Tower, or the Lightning Struck Tower.

The Lightning Struck Tower appears to be struck down by lightning, but it is actually impacted by a force from the heavens.  Notice the only partly cloudy sky.  This mysterious force may be construed as the influence of the moon over its towers.  Observe the flame-like energies in both cards.  Did the tarot recognize a connection between the moon and the power of the moon to destroy towers?  Lightning would never topple a stone tower.  But an earthquake could, prodded by a power from the heavens…the moon!

Partial lunar eclipse to dominate sky June 26

7.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE DURING THE NEW MOON

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2010-new-moonOn June 12 2010, at 11:16 GMT, the moon was at its peak new moon. When the moon is full or new, it is lined up with the sun and earth. During the full moon the sun illuminates the entire surface of the moon since it is lined up with the sun behind the earth.  During the new moon the moon is covered in darkness since the moon is out in front facing the sun and we only see the moon’s darkened side. 

Recently I’ve noticed earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occurring right around the new and full moon. I noticed this when the tragic Haiti earthquake occurred shortly before a solar eclipse.  And the phase of the moon has once again predicted a 7+-magnitude earthquake.  On the evening of the June 12, during the new moon, at 19:26 GMT a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean triggering tsunami warnings.  7.5 is a pretty strong quake.  Here is the story: 

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck under the Indian Ocean on Sunday, triggering a tsunami watch for nearby islands and causing tremors reportedly felt along India’s eastern seaboard.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/indiaquake

With all the talk about the end of the world on 2012, and the silly movie of the same name, we might wonder if an alignment of celestial bodies can indeed trigger earth changes.  Perhaps not on a scale as imagined, but it seems the moon is pretty effective in shaking and quaking planet earth when it is lined up with the sun.  It will be interesting to see if this continues. 

Here is what I collected so far:    http://occultview.com/category/moon/
I will be on watch!

7.2 Magnitude Earthquake strikes Vanuatu, volcano erupts in Guatemala during FULL MOON

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full-moon-in-2010A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific island of Vanuatu this Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 17:14:48 UTC.  It has triggered tsunami warnings for the surrounding region. 

There was also a full moon this May 27, at 23:08 UTC.  It is only coincidence that we are having huge earthquakes when the moon is full?  This is going beyond coincidence.  Here is a chart of the full moons for 2010.  If anyone lives in an earthquake prone region, it might be prudent to pay attention to the phases of the moon. 
Earthquake sparks South Pacific islands tsunami warning

Further Full Moon calamities: On May 27 and 28 were two huge volcanic eruptions in Guatemala and Ecuador, forcing thousands to flee their homes and the ash disrupting air traffic.  Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano erupted Thursday evening (May 27) casting forth lava and ash.  Friday (May 28) the volcano Tungurahua in Ecuador erupted. 

 Big volcanic eruptions in Guatemala, Ecuador

Is the full moon triggering earthquakes and volcanic eruptions?