Saturday, March 12, 2011

Supermoon stories, Journalist dramatising events by playing with figures?

I have noticed several articles regarding the supermoon causing the Megaquake that hit Japan on the 11th of March 2011.

There is one point the journalist all seem to copy from eachother maybe a mistake or just another case of lazy journalism.

"The next occurs next Saturday when the Moon will be at its closest point to Earth since 1992.


The last supermoon happened two weeks after 2004’s Boxing Day tsunami, which killed 230,000 people across Asia."


How can the moon be at the closest since 1992 and caused the Tsunami in Sumatra 2004?


What do we know about the Supermoon? the facts not some dramatised version of made up figures.

* On March 19, 2011 the Moon will pass by Earth at a distance of 356,577 kilometers (221,567 miles) – the closest pass in 18 years.
* Alignment -Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.
* it is a scientific fact when the Moon is at perigee there is more gravitational pull, creating higher tides or significant variations in high and low tides.

Anyone who has anything to add please do.