There is a lot of Internet noise in the past few days about the occurence of the Super Moon on 19 Mar 2011. That day is supposed to be the day when the path of the full moon swings it nearest to the Earth. The last occasion of the Super Moon was in December of 2005.
But there are also the scientists who debunk this theory. They say that the closeness of the moon to the Earth has very little effect at all. It's just "one of those things" that happen naturally, they say. "If you try hard enough, you can chronologically associate almost any natural disaster/event to anything in the night sky...comet, planet, sun," said one astronomer, David Reneke.
Well, I don't like to say that the Super Moon hypothesis is absolute rot but I've always believed that the phases of the moon do affect the Earth. The tides, especially, but who knows about the tectonic plates and the Earth's plasma too? Unfortunately, I can't quite recollect whether the Haiti or the Chile earthquakes fell easily within these parameters of my belief. Anyhow, if the moon's gravity can affect the tides, why can't it also affect the tectonic plates and plasma? You know, by giving them that little nudge that brings the plates' tension over the tipping point?
This hypothesis is pooh-poohed by some other people who say that the Japanese tragedy happened eight days before Super Moon. The timing wasn't smack on, so how to explain that? Well, maybe it doesn't require a Super Full Moon to add pressure to the plates. Maybe the Super Half Moon is good enough already. But I'm just waiting to read a better explanation from the believers.
Perhaps there's some truth in this phenomenon although I also find it quite hard to find a scientific explanation. Do animals have some sixth sense that we don't? Maybe they can detect changes in the Earth's magnetic field? When tension builds up underground along the fault lines, do the moving plates affect the positioning of the Earth's magnetic core?