Folks are talking about a lot of things related to the closeness of the moon today. Some folks are worried about the effects of tidal forces whenever the moon is at apogee, like this and when during a full moon (the Earth is between sun and the moon during a full moon). When the two are combined, they say that the risk of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is increased during such times.
Officially, scientists have not found a significant correlation between lunar orbits, full moons and orbital perigees. Small earthquakes maybe, big ones like what just happened in Japan, no.
Sorry. No doomsday today.
- Do Supermoons Cause Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions (brighthub.com)
- Super Full Moon to Grace the Skies Tonight (abcnews.go.com)
- “Supermoon”: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Saturday (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Super moon: Clear skies set to reveal tonight’s lunar perigee in all its glory (dailymail.co.uk)
- Super Full Moon tonight (jbaynews.com)
- “Supermoon 2011 – Full Moon this Saturday is at its Largest” and related posts (bestsyndication.com)
- ‘Supermoon’ Rises: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday Night (livescience.com)
- Get ready to get mooned (cbsnews.com)
- Shevonne: ‘Supermoon’ Rises: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday Night (news.yahoo.com)