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This is the latest news report from Reuters
Volcanologists have warned that Mount Mayon, in the province of Albay, could explode at any time but that the gravitational pull of a full moon could provide the final push.
"To put it in a simple way, it's like it massages a volcano," Ernesto Corpuz, head of monitoring and eruption prediction at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, told Reuters.
A full moon coincided with at least three of Mayon's nearly 50 explosions over the last four centuries, including the two most recent in 2000 and 2001, Corpuz said.
What does everyone think? Does this make sense?
At first I thought garbage, the moon being full is not going to increase its gravitational pull. It's still the same distance away. But then I thought tides. We get king tides when the moon and the sun line up on the same or opposite sides of the earth. At a full moon they are on opposite sides, so is this massaging the earth's crust to encourage an eruption?
What does everyone else think?
(I originally posted this in reply to an older Mayon message but I wanted the title to grab attention and get opinions.)