Moon Phase and 358 Large Earthquakes.

December 10, 2012 Moon Phases and 358 Large Earthquakes: The graph above shows 358 powerful earthquakes, greater than or equal to 7.0 magnitude from January 1, 1973 to December 10, 2012.

The phases of the Moon are said to be waxing from New (zero degrees angle separation between the Sun and Moon) to the Full Moon (180 degrees). The waning phase is from the Full Moon to the next New Moon.

The New Moon is from zero degrees to 44* 59’ 59” (44 degrees – 59 minutes – 59 seconds – Longitude).

The eight phases of the Moon are as follows (* = degrees of longitude):

‘1. New Moon – (0* to 44*) – The side of the moon that is facing the Earth is not lit up by the sun. At this time the moon is not visible.

‘2. Waxing Crescent – (45* to 89*) – A small part (less than 1/2) of the moon is lit up at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.

‘3. First Quarter – (90* to 134*) – One half of the moon is lit up by the sun at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.

‘4. Waxing Gibbous – (135* to 179*) – At this time half of the moon is lit up. The part that is lit is slowly getting bigger. Waxing means to slowly get bigger.

‘5. Full Moon – (180* to 224*) – The side of the moon that is lit up by the sun is facing the Earth. The entire moon is lit up at this point.

‘6. Waning Gibbous – (225* to 269*) – The moon is not quite lit up all the way by sunlight. The part of the moon this is lit is slowly getting smaller. Waning means to slowly get smaller.

‘7. Last Quarter – (280* to 314*) – Half of the moon is lit up by the sun. The part that we can see lit up is slowly getting smaller.

‘8. Waning Crescent – (315* to 359*) – A small part of the moon is lit up at this point. It is getting smaller by the minute.

The waxing phase of the Moon is supposed to be the action oriented phase and, therefore, should have more powerful earthquakes. This was not the case as 171 (less than half) of the large quakes occurred here. There were 187 large quakes in the waning phase. Why this is I do not know. The First Quarter (‘3. – 90* to 134*) is supposed to be the action quarter. In fact it saw the lowest number of big quakes. Why this is I do not know. Curiously, the Waning Gibbous Moon Phase saw the highest number of large earthquakes.

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5 Responses to Moon Phase and 358 Large Earthquakes.

  1. Kajajuk says:

    phases of the moon are related to line of sight from the earth. In other regions on the planet, there will be a different distribution of quakes (data is global i presume) to local moon phases; so inferring correlation would be a fallacy.
    Curious if there is a correlation between high tides from waxing moon to earthquake frequency, especially with rising ocean levels?

  2. wfoster2011 says:

    Data is global – yes. I was looking at a deeper connection in terms of the astral plane. However, correlation does not necessarily mean causation. For example, if variable A is highly correlated to variable B – it does not necessarily mean that A causes B – A and B could be caused by Variable C.
    Interesting concept on waxing Moon high tides. As I remeber, the USGS did a study some years ago that concluded that earthquakes (or volcanoes) were not caused by land defomation from tidal forces.

  3. wfoster2011 says:

    Thanks for the comment – interesting:
    The 8.8 EQ on Chile’s coastline is a reminder of what we might see more frequently as the sea level rises in coastal areas already susceptible to large EQs, both in the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” and in island volcano settings such as the Canary Islands and those of the Caribbean.

    In such areas where EQs are common near coastlines, the fault lines are in an uneasy balance that occasionally slips. The overburden on such faults includes all of the rock and soils on the land side and a mix of hydrostatic pressure and sediments on the ocean side. As sea level rises with ice melt from global overheating, ocean faults experience symmetrical hydrostatic pressures increases on both sides of a fault. But near land, the increase is asymmetrical with only the ocean side experiencing an increase in overburden.

    Because of the asymmetrical change, one would expect a period of adjustment where EQs in coastal zones became more common than at present.

    William H. Calvin
    University of Washington
    William G. Foster
    For the Chaos Blog
    December 12, 2012

    • Kajajuk says:

      perhaps even symmetrical burdens will increase the likelihood of EQ, like in Iceland or Australia or Japan, due to a net increase of stress on faults and possibly due to an uneven application as the larger water mass is sloshed around by the moon and sun.

      Another intellectual curiosity of mine is the summative effect of tidal forces on the earth & oceans if (when?) the planets align in the solar system (especially with more water in the oceans and less ice in the Arctic than the Antarctic); would that not cause an exaggerated “spring” tide on both sides of the rotating earth…sun, mercury, venus on the one side and mars, saturn, jupiter, neptune on the other side…could that also put stress on the sun from all the planets pulling on a focused part of the sun (solar storm? or does CME come from within the sun?)

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