For the longest time, the notion that the Moon affected the motion of Earth’s seismic plates was considered too outlandish. There was not enough data to suggest that the Moon did, in fact, have a strong enough gravitational pull on our planet.
However, since 2004, several powerful and unforgiving seismic events have occurred during full moons, making scientists reconsider the outlandish conspiracy and look into it until they would know with certainty.
Newly analyzed data is now coming to light. Scientists have stated that although these early research results do suggest that the Moon does affect seismic activity in certain ways.
According to the data, the Moon’s gravitational pull is not powerful enough to affect Earth’s seismic plates. Nevertheless, it is strong enough to affect the tides to the point where the water’s movement can add a considerable amount of pressure over key areas of tectonic instability.
The information is trying to point out that the Moon has not always been responsible for increasing the amplitude of earthquakes and that not all quakes that take place around or during a full Moon will happen because of it.
The Moon’s Seismic Interference
The Moon has been affecting Earth’s tides from the very start. Given the long history our planet has with its largest satellite, it is safe to say that the current tidal pressure caused by the new and the full moon will not be leading the world to experience increasing levels of earthquakes anytime soon.
Researchers have stated that there is a lot more data to gather and analyze before they can precisely discern all the ways in which the Moon affects Earth’s seismic activity. They were able to confidently theorize that the Moon does affect only high amplitude quakes. While this means that powerful earthquakes have a chance of being even more devastating during full moons, average and low scale earthquakes are genuinely not affected.
Several tens of thousands of years from now the situation could be a much more violent one to consider. However, the world also needs to take into account that over a long period of time, the Moon is also slowly drifting apart from Earth.
Sadly, there is a very small chance for the tempo of earthquake amplification and distancing to coincidentally be similar.
Nevertheless, one of the most important aspects to consider is that if further research does find more concrete links between the Moon and Earth’s seismic activity, perhaps scientists can find a way for the former to deter the latter.