Some call certain happening coincidences. Others prefer the term myth. Whichever the case, we cannot help but think that yesterday’s celestial trifecta triggered the 6.1-magnitude earthquake from Hindu Kush, Afghanistan. So, did the Super Blue Blood Moon total eclipse, an event which happened for the first time in 150 years, trigger this relatively big earthquake? At the moment, people are not sure what to think. However, experts have an explanation, as usual.
Over the years, there have been many such incidents which many people deemed coincidences. Maybe the most popular one is the 2011 tsunami in Japan. At the time, many said that the Supermoon which took place eight days after it actually caused it. On 26 January 2001, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck India. Interestingly enough, during that same month, a total lunar eclipse also happened. According to the United States Geological Survey, certain studies have indeed found some links between the moon’s position, earth tides and certain earthquakes. Some studies also say that during a full or a new moon, earthquakes are more likely to affect the continents’ edges. Seeing how lunar and solar eclipses are special instances of a full and a new moon, one would think that they might play a role. In reality, experts say that they do not.
Can the moon’s position cause earthquakes?
There is another example that prompted many to believe that supermoons have something to do with earthquakes. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck New Zeeland. A Supermoon had happened just four days before.
An older study also says that over the years, lunar phases caused 21 earthquakes. Out of those, 14 took place during the quarter phase, five when there was a full moon, and two after an eclipse. So, nobody can say for sure if the phases of the moon can indeed cause things like tsunamis, volcanic eruptions or earthquakes.
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