It seems that the common belief that moon phases are actually at fault for certain big earthquakes is not at all true. At least this is what a new study, which the journal Seismological Research Letters published, claims. In order to reach this result, seismologist Susan Hough and her team analyzed certain earthquakes with a magnitude of 8 or above that happened over the past 400 years. Upon completing this review, the team discovered that there was no link between the phases of the moon and the time when the earthquakes happened.
According to Hough, the fact that earthquakes only happen when there is a full moon is obviously a myth. People can pay even more attention to it when a big earthquake actually strikes on a full moon. But this is actually just a coincidence. As for tides, Hough said that some recent studies have demonstrated that tidal forces do have a slight influence on earthquake occurrence. But this makes sense completely, as tides create stress that affects the planet as a whole, not just the oceans. There are cases when such a small force can make all the difference and create powerful earthquakes. But the moon still has nothing to do with it.
Phases of the moon don’t influence earthquakes
It’s also important to know that other studies have said that big earthquakes can happen even when the tidal force is at a minimum. This means that people cannot really receive a precise warning regarding the exact date and time of the next big earthquake. Reports like these are what caused this common belief that the moon has something to do with it.
Earthquakes usually strike at completely random times, making it almost impossible to predict when one is going to happen. Also, the myth according to which the weather also has an influence is completely false too.
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