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Moon Close to Earth, High Sea Level in Iceland

There will be an unusually high sea level after full moon in January, February and March this year, according to a tidal forecast for Reykjavík.


The moon seen from the capital. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The Icelandic Coast Guard asks people on its website to follow weather forecasts and air pressure during, before and after full moon in these months.

The reason for the unusually high sea level is that the moon will be as close to the earth as it can be on March 19.

On that day, the moon will be at a distance of 357,000 kilometers from earth, while the average distance is 384,400 kilometers. The distance can grow up to 407,000 kilometers.

The moon’s location impacts the sea level. The moon is currently full.

Click here to read about a lunar eclipse which could clearly be seen from Iceland late last year.

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