until next year? well, it'll give me ample time to finish Underworld!
Meanwhile, on another subject, in Steven Tonkin’s “astrocrud” website: [astunit.com], he quotes the following paragraph from Fingerprint of the Gods:
“Earthquakes, for example, occur more often when the moon is full or when the earth is between the sun and the moon; when the moon is new or between the sun and the earth; when the moon crosses the meridian of the affected locality; and when the moon is closest to the earth on its orbit. (p 246)”
According to Stephen Tonkin: “This is utter nonsense and is parrotted straight from Velikovsky. In 1975, when I first encountered this nonsense, I got hold of earthquake data and analysed them statistically – there was no statistical difference between earthquake frequency at syzygy and at quadrature. No statistical study of earthquake frequency has found the phenomenon that Hancock claims.”
Apparently, it is Stephen Tonkin who hasn’t done his homework.
According to [www.volcanolive.com], “The biggest tides occur about every two weeks, when the sun and moon are aligned (either full or new moon). Hence they are called the "fortnightly" tides.” Few realize that the solid earth also exhibits tidal behavior, with bulges on opposite sides of the globe, also driven by the moon.
At HVO, we can actually measure these tides with our tiltmeters and strainmeters. Who would have thought that the moon had that kind of power, not only to be able to cause the world's oceans to bulge, but also to squeeze terra firma twice a day?
But it does, so it should not come as a complete shock that reputable scientists have suggested that these squeezings might influence whether a volcano will erupt or not. The idea is that if a volcano is full of magma, the squeezing at the fortnightly tidal maximum might be just enough to overcome the resistance of the crust, push magma out, and get an eruption going. Once started, the eruption would continue on its own.
More than 25 years ago, a pair of earth scientists compared the records for 680 eruptions that occurred since 1900 and found that "the probability of an eruption is greatest at times of maximum tidal amplitude." In plainer language, volcanoes are more likely to erupt at the fortnightly (or 14-day) "high" tide. A specific look at 52 Hawaiian eruptions since January 1832 shows the same sort of pattern. Nearly twice as many eruptions have occurred nearer fortnightly tidal maximum than tidal minimum.
HVO scientists have noted that the Pu'u 'O'o fountaining episodes each occurred remarkably close to fortnightly tidal maximums and that the first set of eruption pauses in 1990 (periods during which the eruption turned off for up to a few days) occurred remarkably close to fortnightly tidal minimums."
Now, they do qualify this finding by stating: " Although this is a fascinating correlation, there are just too many tidal maximums and too many volcanoes to base predictions on tidal cycle alone. In the Hawai'i example of 52 eruptions since January 1832, there have been nearly 3,900 tidal maximums, of which roughly 3,850 went by without causing an eruption. Statistically, this is about a one percent chance that any tidal maximum will affect the start of an eruption."
However, what they have failed to discover is that if it the full moon or new moon takes place at a particular season point of the year, that will show a common denominator for the volcanic eruptions... but more on that later.