12 Mar '11, 10am

Scientists have clarified that the mega-earthquake that hit Japan is not connected to the 'Supermoon'

Scientists have clarified that the mega-earthquake that hit Japan is not connected to the 'Supermoon'

The phrase 'Supermoon' is believed to have been coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, on his website, and spread to astronomers online. -- PHOTO: AP THE mega earthquake that hit Japan on Friday had no connection to the 'Supermoon', scientists said, referring to an event on March 19 when the moon will be at its closest to Earth in 18 years. Dr Paul Walker, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc, told ABC News that 'there is no connection between the moon's position' and the 8.9-magnitude earthquake, which is feared to have killed over 1,000 people. 'I don't think you can attribute it to being a full moon... These moon events can cause the tides to run higher than normal, but I've not heard of any correlation between them and extreme weather events,' Dr Walker added. The phrase 'Supermoon' is believed to have been coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, on his website,...

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