A group of U.K. scientists working on the mysterious Bermuda Triangle which lies about 700,000 square km between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, have made new claims that the unquantified human and material losses in the dreaded zone could be a result of 100ft ‘rogue’ waves.
The ill-reputed body of water has gulped so many lives, ships, and airplanes. It is also known as “the Devil’s Triangle.”
Conspiracy theorists claim that a link exists between “Illuminati” and the mysterious disappearance of aircraft and ships in one the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world. However, the British scientists dismissed this idea, saying there are no extraterrestrial beings around the location. Cruise ships and aircraft still sail through the region. Commercial and private jets routinely fly over it, too.
According to a report from Fox News, Bermuda Triangle has claimed over 1,000 lives in the last 100 years.
The researchers from University of Southampton believe “rogue waves”, as a natural phenomenon, explains why the Bermuda Triangle has been a previously indescribable monster.
In a Channel 5 documentary titled The Bermuda Triangle Enigma, the scientists used indoor simulators to reproduce the deadly impact from powerful water surges which only last a few minutes but could be nearly 100ft high. Such tides were first observed by satellites off the coast of South Africa in 1997.
The simulation with a research model of the 1918 USS Cyclops, a gigantic vessel which disappeared in the triangle with 300 passengers, showed how the ship’s size and flat base gradually went down the ocean.
Dr. Simon Boxall (an earth and ocean scientist) said the disappearance of ships in Bermuda Triangle was caused by “three massive storms coming together from different directions.” The researcher described such scenarios as “the perfect conditions for a rogue wave.”
Boxall explained that a ‘rogue wave’ can easily split vessels such as the Cyclops.
His words: “There are storms to the south and north, which come together. And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves.
“They are steep, they are high – we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 metres…”
Shocking facts about Bermuda Triangle
*The Bermuda Triangle is not small. In fact, it is quite large and covers an area of 440,000 miles of sea. This is larger than the combined area of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra.
*The Bermuda Triangle is not fixed and its effect can be experienced outside of the triangle too.
*The disappearances were previously ascribed to UFO’s and alien activity, city of Atlantis lost under the triangle, and various other technical, natural, and geographical reasons.
*Whenever any plane or ship disappears in the Triangle, its debris cannot be found. The reason behind this is that Gulf Stream runs near the triangle, which quickly gets rid of the debris.
*At least 1000 lives were lost within the last 100 years. On average, 4 aircraft and 20 yachts go missing every year.
*Inside the Bermuda Triangle, US Government has AUTEC (for Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center), which is located on the Andros Island of Bahamas. Here US Navy tests their submarines, sonar and other weapons. However, many are of the view that it is more than just the testing center.
*People have experienced electronic fog in bermuda triangle, which can be a Time Travel Tunnel too. Pilot Bruce Gernon claims he lost 28 minutes after flying through a time-warping cloud tunnel. The plane went missing from radars, only to re-emerge in Miami Beach.
*One of the biggest losses of US Military occurred in 1945. Five US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers flew from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a sortie to the island of Bimini. The mission had 14 men. After about 90 minutes, the radio operators received a signal that the compass had malfunctioned. After that they lost contact. The bombers were never found. The three planes that went for their rescue also disappeared.
*The first person to report about Bermuda Triangle was Christopher Columbus. He wrote in his journals that inside the triangle, the ship’s compass stopped working and he also saw a fireball in the sky.
*Bermuda Triangle is one of the rare places on earth where the compass does not point towards Magnetic North. Instead of that, it points towards true north, which creates confusion and that is why so many ships and planes lost its course in the triangle.
Triangle’s infamy first started with Christopher Columbus. He wrote in his journals that inside this area, the watercraft’s compass stopped working and he saw a fireball in the sky too. According to Columbus, when he looked down at his compass and observed that his compass was giving strange readings that day was October 8, 1492. He did not take it seriously and a he did not inform his crew too, because having a compass that did not point to magnetic north may have sent the exactly on border crew into the wildly unthinking behavior. This decision was apparently an ideal decision considering that three days later, Columbus directly spotted a mysterious light and his crew panicked, demanding a change of course to Spain.
The mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle have been documented for centuries.
WHAT’S A RATIONAL EXPLANATION FOR THIS?
* Weather – The area is subject to violent and unexpected storms and weather changes. These short
but intense storms can build up and dissipate quickly, causing obvious navigational problems.
* Topography – The underwater topography of the area may also be a factor. It goes from a gently sloping continental shelf to an extremely deep drop-off. Some of the deepest trenches in the world are found in around Bermuda Triangle. Ships or planes that sink into these deep trenches will probably never be found.
* Current – The Gulf Stream, where the Triangle is located, is extremely swift and turbulent. It reportedly moves faster than 5 knots in some areas – more than fast enough to throw sailors hundreds of miles off course if they do not compensate correctly for the current. It can also quickly erase any evidence of a disaster [more on the Gulf Stream in the next days as it will play a role in the end of Leg 6 to Newport].
* Methane gas hydrates – Scientists have discovered the presence of large concentrations of methane gas trapped in the ocean floor. This gas is due to decomposing sea organisms. The sediment contains bacteria that produce methane, which accumulates as super concentrated methane ice, called gas hydrates. The layer of ice traps the methane gas.
Within seconds of a methane gas pocket rupturing, the gas surges up and erupts on the surface without warning. If a ship is around the blowout, the water beneath it would suddenly become much less dense. It could sink and sediment could quickly cover it as it settles onto the sea floor.
Other justifications are slightly more…. Far-fetched.
* Magnetics – Some speak of magnetic vortices, these hot and cold currents that could create the electromagnetic gymnastics affecting instruments and vehicles. Others mention an electronic fog that could block both the visibility and the instruments.
* Aliens – The area has one of the highest incidences of UFO sightings and alien abductions have been a popular explanation for the disappearances. But abductions are not the only theory; some believe it is a portal to other planets.
* Atlantis – Many theorise that the Triangle is home to the lost city of Atlantis. According to legend and speculation, the city of Atlantis relied on the power of special energy crystals that were extremely powerful. The theory is that these energy crystals are in an altered state of some kind and send out rays of energy that confuse navigation.
Bermuda Triangle is a name that strikes fear into the hearts of those who have to travel through it. Though it is popularly known as Bermuda Triangle, it is not a triangle – in reality. Neither does this area have any particular shape, nor does it have any official boundary. The triangle does not even exist according to the US Navy and the name is not recognized by the US Board on Geographic Names. This is the reason you do not find it on the map.
The Bermuda Triangle is infamous for having devoured many more aircrafts and ships, including a DC-3 carrying 27 passengers in 1948 and a C-124 Globemaster with 53 passengers in 1951.
Among the ships, one that deserves mention is the ship Marine Sulphur Queen, which disappeared with 39 men aboard in 1963. No traces of debris of these ill-fated planes and ships or the bodies of the hapless victims have ever been found.
In 1955 a yacht was found in the Bermuda Triangle. It had survived three hurricanes but none of its crew was ever found.