12 March 2011, 14:26

Moon and sun to blame for Japan quake

Moon and sun to blame for Japan quake
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Earthquake in Japan. Infographics   Japan’s most devastating earthquake in the country’s history may have been provoked by the position of the Moon and the processes that are under way on the Sun.

Earthquake in Japan. Infographics 

Japan’s most devastating earthquake in the country’s history may have been provoked by the position of the Moon and the processes that are under way on the Sun. The opinion was ventured in an interview with the Voice of Russia by a Russian researcher, Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geography Arcady Tishkov.

On March 11th, an 8.9 Magnitude earthquake shook a vast area in the centre and northeast of Japan. The seismic focus was at the depth of 10 kilometres under the Pacific bottom, near the northeastern part of Japan’s main island, Honshu Island. A 10-metre high tidal wave hit the coastline, followed by another shock. Hundreds of people have died, enormous damage has been done to several cities, transport performance and communications have been disrupted. A disaster of such a devastating scale could be provoked by the Moon and the Sun, says Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geography Arcady Tishkov, and elaborates.

It is held, Arcady Tishkov says, that the Earth’s seismic activity cycles are directly involved with solar weather. The Sun shoots out streams of protons that affect the Earth’s activity. That’s number one. Number two, the Moon will now be located at the closest distance from the Earth, which, combined with solar influence, may affect the activity of the oceans, namely the high tide - low tide frequency. When the exorbitant mass of the Pacific’s water reserve with its enormous capacitive lag changes the frequency of its high tide – low tide regime, this could certainly affect the local chain of volcanoes, - the so-called Pacific belt of fire.

According to the scientist, the Moon is currently some 350,000 kilometres away from the Earth in what is the closest to the Globe in the past decade. It is only natural that its mass affects the Earth’s lithosphere. Besides, solar activity is now at the highest point in recent years, with another burst causing a powerful magnetic storm a few days ago. The storm had a marked effect on quite a few earthlings, says the expert, and elaborates.

The interrelationship of the phenomena, Arcady Tishkov says, may not be always determined immediately, but it is there and invariably reveals itself. Seismic and solar activity cycles may coincide, like they will in 2011 through 2015, when the volcanic and seismic activity cycle will reach its highest value.

Fresh underground shocks may be in the offing not only for Japan, but also for the nearby Russian areas, - Sakhalin, Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands. When the first tidal wave reached the Russian Far East, it had lost much of its initial power on the way. The water level rose by two metres off the Russian coast, but that could not prove detrimental. Still, Arcady Tishkov says, the area is on the alert due to the remaining high degree of seismic danger. The Russian Emergencies Ministry has set up a regional crisis centre to collect and process all incoming information.

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