In the days leading up to the Japanese earthquake there were two spectacular magnetic eruptions on the surface of the sun. Could these eruptions have somehow played a part in the timing of the Japanese disaster?
It's an intriguing question that few people seem to be asking. Much has been said in the media recently about the possible gravitational effect of an unusually close moon on the Earth's tectonic plates. There have also been theories put forward connecting the cycles of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with seismic activity, but most scientists are reticent to attribute any similar tectonic influence to electromagnetic emissions from our local star.
Yet the timing of last week's devastating earthquake (which occurred on 11 March 2011) was remarkably close to the moment when an unusually rapid Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) collided with the Earth's magnetosphere.
Coincidence? Perhaps, but if so then its the 3rd similar coincidence in a row, because both last year's Chilean earthquake and the Icelandic volcanic eruption also just happened to occur very soon after significant electromagnetic eruptions on the sun. Evidence is starting to mount in favour of a strong cause and effect relationship between major solar magnetic eruptions and powerful tectonic events on Earth.
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