No, 'supermoon' won't trigger tsunamis

Posted by Emma Woollacott

The internet is awash with rumors that this month's 'supermoon' - a full moon coinciding with the moon's closest approach to earth - will bring earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods.

On March 19, the moon will get within 221,567 miles of Earth - the closest it's been since 1992. At this point, known as perigee, it could appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

"Get ready for what could be moderate to severe weather patterns, increased seismic activity, tsunamis and more volcanic eruptions than normal," warns the Psychic Cosmos website.

"This phenomenon includes the days leading up to March 19 and the days after until around March 22nd."

Previous 'supermoons' occurred in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 - all of which had their share of extreme weather and natural disasters, point out the worriers.

"The last extreme super moon occurred was on January 10th, 2005, right around the time of the 9.0 Indonesia earthquake," says one writer on the Accuweather website.

"So be forewarned. Something BIG could happen on or around this date (plus or minus three days is my guess)."

In fact, though, the quake happened a full two weeks before the supermoon, and scientists say there's really nothing to worry about.

"It's possible that the moon may be a kilometre or two closer to Earth than normal at a perigee, but it's an utterly insignificant event," space author David Harland told the Daily Mail.

Indeed, because it's a full moon, the sun and moon are actually pulling on the earth from opposite directions, weakening rather than strengthening tides. So just sit back and appreciate the view.