I think countries prone to natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquake, and volcanic eruption should be alert and prepare during every full moon from now on. Whether this is a mere coincidence or a natural phenomenon, remains unexplainable. Scientists should try to find out whether a direct correlation exists among these incidents.
Taiwan suffered a 6.7 magnitude earthquake last Thursday (April 18, 2019), a day before the full pink moon, and left at least 17 injured and two buildings tilted (www.china.org.cn>content_74698402).
Indonesia's Anak Krakatau eruption coincided with the full spring moon, last December 22, 2018, with tsunamis and earthquakes that caused 426 deaths and 14,059 injuries, plus 882 houses, 23 hotels, and 434 ships damaged (2018 Sunda Strait tsunami-Wikipedia).
It is known that full moon causes high tides, and the high tides aggravate tidal waves. However, unless scientists confirm any direct correlation between the full moon and the natural disasters, earthlings may never be able to avert any destruction and prevent further loss of lives, and damages to infrastructures and properties. Scientists can review historical records of incidence of any tsunami, earthquake and or volcanic eruption just prior, and during every full moon in the past.
The next full moon, named full flower moon, is expected on May 19, 2019.
Meanwhile, it would be wise for us always to be well-informed, aware, extra-cautious and prepared before, and during every full moon, so that our evening fun, nostalgia, adventure or tour will not be spoiled, or turn into a nightmare or a disaster.
By Bernardo Calalo Garcia
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