Supermoon Stranded 5 Ships: UK Coastguard

'Blame the moon' for low tides, exposed sand
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2011 10:08 AM CDT
Supermoon Stranded 5 Ships: UK Coastguard
In this Thursday, March 17, 2011 picture, the moon rises above the Jackson Building tower in downtown Asheville, N.C.   (AP Photo/The Asheville Citizen-Times, Bill Sanders)

Though it had nothing to do with Japan’s earthquake, this weekend's "supermoon" may be to blame for the stranding of five ships off the UK, the Telegraph reports. Low tides Saturday night left sandbanks particularly exposed, temporarily grounding a 3,200-ton cargo ship, among other vessels. “There were no injuries, just some surprise at being caught out like this. Blame it on the moon,” said a British coastguard rep. Click to see breathtaking photos of the supermoon. (More supermoon stories.)

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