The full moon this weekend appears 14% bigger, because it it at its closest point to Earth. About half the heavy earthquakes are near the Full Moon and New Moon (dark), and near dawn and dusk.
Remember, the pull of the moon gives us the tides. It can trigger earth movement as well. The big quake that hit Haiti in Jan. 2010 was near dusk at full moon. An even bigger quake hit Chile six weeks later near dawn.
The Fukushima quake was at half or quarter moon, so the moon trigger is not always true, just higher odds.
I would stay out of Christchurch, Wellington and the big US West Coast cities this weekend.
Are you saying that Surf City is not big?
Ralph - it's not earthquakes we've had to worry about in Wellington - just a little bothersome wind and rain - see http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8831113/Still-800-homes-without-electr icity
And the south has had a pile of snow but most of it missed Christchurch.
Sunny Wellington, New Zealand
I am 2,360' above sea level here. How close are you to the ocean? I don't think you will fall into it, but a sunami could flood you.
Speaking of earthquakes, how many saw "The Impossible"? Great movie about a true event. A family on vacation in Thailand when a Tsunami struck the day after Christmas, 2004 and their struggles to survive. A real non-stop roller coaster ride of emotions that brought tears to this tough ol' Marine's eyes... Watch it if you haven't seen it. Jim Patrick
You are about 200 feet higher than I am. My insurance agent tried to sell me flood insurance. I told him "Forget it"! If the water rises high enough to flood my house, the state capitol will be 2000 feet under water! (It is downhill almost all the way from my front door.)
Hi Rick, there have been 103 quakes in the world today with 4 in California and 3 near wellington NZ so its not to bad with the US ones reaching 2.7 rs and 3.1 rs in NZ but Mexico had a 4.8 if that helps.. Ray
A full moon, and especially a Super moon, mean more problems with mental patients. My wife was a psych nurse in several psych hospitals over a period of 25 years or more. she claims you could always count on there being more admissions to the hospitals on nights involving a full moon and more problems with the patients that were in treatment. Go figure.
Things get that bad during Full moon that my Model T is sitting in the garage just SHAKING.
Or is that normal when the engine is running?????
A chev guy once said I was crazy to buy a T, could of it been a full moon and my T shakes all the time so I think its not the moon.. Ray
Thanks for the info, Ray. The weekend isn't over.
There is a good book, "Full Moons" from which I got the above theory.
Since we are 33 feet above and over a mile from the beach, it would take a big tsunami to affect our house. Besides that, it is a south facing beach, so a tsunami would have to originate in Antarctica to have full effect. I guess they did it for practice, but the police chased my neighbor and me off the beach after the Fukushima tsunami.
My greatest risk in this two story Model T era frame and stucco house is it shaking off its foundation. Yeh, I need to anchor it down better.
The 13 houses on our street share a well that could supply drinking water to a lot of people. We have backup power for it.
We have some food in a safe room, and nine hens who could feed us indefinitely.
Very interesting Ricks, lets work some thing out here, now the tsunami is any height up to 100 feet and could be up to 7 miles out to sea (according to a show on the BBC last night)so it would hit your front door unless there is a very high break water between you and it but if your house is moving you could find your self with a new address across town when the water drops your house off, Im just supposing of course as we do not want it to happen... Ray
In that case, Ray, I better move the hens into the den, so they go along..
Ralph, you might be in real danger. When the big quake hit us in Templeton/ Paso Robles, many of the water wells went dry. The main shock wave traveled down 13th street and destroyed the clock building killing two women. It raised the sea bed 33 feet and most of the chickens flew away and hid in the trees. Safe room... in a structure? How safe could that be?
Just coincidence? I think the numbers speak for themselves!!
I hadn't heard that about your wells, John. I have been concerned that a shear could cut our well in half, but our water level is 30 feet, and the pump is 110 feet down.
Our safe room is really a storage shed - a reinforced concrete block building at the far corner of our lot.
Ralph, Maybe it would be better to ride it out in your Model T. Have you oiled the springs lately?
After the earthquakes in Big Bear and Landers a few years ago, our well actually increased water flow. The quake must have shaken sediment out of the cracks in the granite where the water flows. We are over 100 miles from the epicenters of those quakes.