1. Earthquakes triggered during half and full moons, new study claims

Earthquakes triggered during half and full moons, new study claims

What causes earthquake? Science has been on it for long, with some success and scope for some more. The seismic vibrations in the earth's crust were believed to be the reason but a new study by the University of Tokyo has something interesting to add.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2016 3:58 PM
As by the new research by the University, earthquakes occur mostly during unusual high tides, which occur during full and new moons. (Reuters) As by the new research by the University, earthquakes occur mostly during unusual high tides, which occur during full and new moons. (Reuters)

What causes earthquake? Science has been on it for long, with some success and scope for some more. The seismic vibrations in the earth’s crust were believed to be the reason but a new study by the University of Tokyo has something interesting to add.

As by the new research by the University, earthquakes occur mostly during unusual high tides, which occur during full and new moons. Hence, it can safely be concluded that the mega quakes are triggered by the full moon. To support their case, the scientists used the examples of 2004 Boxing Day quake in Sumatra which had also lead to a deadly Tsunami.The destruction in the Sumatra quake had been huge, with the death toll over 220,000.

In the most recent developments, South Korea has been hit hard by 2 simultaneous earthquakes of 5.1 and 5.8 magnitude. The scientists assert that major earthquakes with a scale above 5 are influenced  by the full moon effect.

In a similar alert, the US officials are already bracing themselves for the ‘Big One’, which supposedly will take place along the San Andreas fault line in California. The quake which has long been overdue since its prediction is touted to be one the biggest and that will wreck havoc in big numbers.

While the University scientists hope that this revelation will help a great deal in improving earthquake forecasting and hence eventually coping up with them as well.

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