Tokyo: Japan's devastating earthquake comes just days after a warning that an extreme 'supermoon' would spark chaos across the globe.

On March 19, the moon will loom large in our skies and be at its closest distance from the Earth in 18 years. And weather bloggers noted there was a supermoon just before the last monster tsunami in Asia on Boxing Day 2004.

Conspiracy theorists on the Internet have made catastrophic predictions of tidal waves, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Next week, the moon will pass a mere 2, 21,567 miles from our planet and a few amateur scientists have predicted extreme conditions all over the world.
The event known as a lunar perigee happens when a full or new moon comes within 90 per cent of its closest approach possible.


Those that come nearest to Earth are called extreme supermoons, just like the one expected next week.
Blogger Daniel Vogler wrote on weather website AccuWeather, "The last extreme supermoon occurred on January 10th, 2005, right around the time of the 9.0 Indonesia earthquake.

That extreme supermoon was a new moon. So be forewarned. Something big could happen on or around this date."

The tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia happened two weeks before the January 2005 supermoon.

Did you know?

Previous supermoons were sighted in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 all years that had extreme weather events.

Boxing Day tsunami

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which resulted in a tsunami is called the Boxing Day Tsunami.

Japan's worst quake in 100 years

March 3, 1933
Toll: 3,064

Dec 21, 1946
Toll: 1,443

Sept 1, 1923
Toll: 1,42,807

October 28, 1891
Toll: 7,273

Dec 7, 1944
Toll: 1,223

March 7, 1927
Toll: 2,925

January 17, 1995
Toll: 6,434

Sept 10, 1943
Toll: 1,083

June 15, 1896
Toll: 21,959

June 28, 1948
Toll: 3,769

Jan 13, 1945
Toll: 2,306