The Bermuda Triangle has always fascinated many, including myself. Many ships and aircrafts that have flown over the mysterious North Atlantic Ocean area and have disappeared. The reason varies from just too much gravitational force to sea monsters that gobble up passing ships and planes.
After numerous researches and studies, looks like scientists have discovered the cause, or the reason why ships and aircrafts went missing. If you thought sea monsters was strange, the actual reason is stranger. But before that, let's take a quick recap about the Bermuda Triangle to refresh you knowledge.
The Bermuda Triangle or also known as the Devil's Triangle is an area between British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean to the Florida coast, to Puerto Rico. But according to the US Navy, the area does not exist, and the name is not recognized by the US Board of Geographic Names.
The Bermuda Triangle area is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, that travel towards the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. Even in terms of airways, many commercial and private planes fly to and fro from Florida, the Caribbean, and South America.
Several planes and ships have gone missing in this route, including Flight 19, five US Navy bombers, and the earliest allegations date back to September 1950. Flight 19 was recorded saying "We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don't know where we are, the water is green, no white."
There were also paranormal and supernatural theories as to why ships and planes disappeared, that included leftover technology from Atlantis, anomalous phenomena, and also aliens!
A few natural theories were also explained, such as compass variations, human error, violent weather, and methane hydrates.
Some notable incidences that the Bermuda Triangle was blamed for were:
- Ellen Austin: Disappeared after it came across an abandoned ship
- USS Cyclops: This incident resulted in the single largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy. The Cyclops had a crew of 309 onboard.
- Flight 19: A training flight that disappeared in December 1945 over the Atlantic.
- Star Tiger & Star Ariel: Star Tiger disappeared in 1948 while flying from the Azores to Bermuda, and Star Ariel disappeared in 1949, while flying from Bermuda to Jamaica.
- Douglas DC-3: The Douglas DC-3 disappeared while flying from Puerto Rico to Miami. No trace of the aircraft or the 32 passengers aboard the flight were ever found.
- KC-135 Stratotankers: In August 1963, two KC-135 Stratotankers US Air Force planes crashed into the ocean.
- Connemara IV: A pleasure yacht was reported missing and was later found adrift, with no news about the crew.
So what have the scientist discovered? Well, the scientists blame the craters found, which are up to half a mile wide and 150ft deep, believed to have been caused by build-ups of methane off the coast of natural gas-rich Norway.
The Methane would have leaked from deposits of natural gas that created cavities below the surface, which create explosions. These explosions are a potential risk for vessels travelling on the ocean. So has the age old mystery been solved, or are there sea monsters out there? Stay tuned for more updates.
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