Supermoon

Supermoon tides spare Marshall Islands

RNZ's correspondent Giff Johnson said there has been some debris thrown up from the sea onto roads in the low lying atolls this week but no more than usual.

He said people are likely to be more concerned and on alert next month as king tides traditionally peak and are more common in January and February.

Mr Johnson said the Marshall Islands are relatively unaffected for now.

'Supermoon' lights up sky around the world

Sky gazers around the world are congregating near landmarks, on beaches and atop tall buildings to take a look.

The 'supermoon' reached its brightest in Asia on Monday evening.

The Moon was closest - only 221,524 miles (356,509km) away - at 11:21 GMT.

The moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse, not a circle, so it is sometimes closer to the Earth than it is at other times.

When the perigee - the closest approach - and the full moon coincide, it is known as a supermoon.

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