The Bermuda Triangle is one of those places that is shrouded in mystery, full of happenings that will most likely remain forever unexplained. If you haven’t heard of the Bermuda Triangle, it’s a region in the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of planes, ships and people are said to have disappeared without a trace. There are many theories behind these disappearances but even so, the mystery and frequency of these events is enough to have captured the human imagination.
The Bermuda Triangle covers about 500,000 square miles, with its vicinity bordering Miami, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico and in the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda. For years, researchers have attempted to solve the mystery of what has caused hundreds of planes, ships and people to mysteriously disappear. It is one of the 2 places in the world where a compass does not point North – there, and Magnetic North in Canada. Magnetic North in Canada can be explained given the place your compass is meant to be pointing at is actually at your feet, however why a compass won’t point North in the Bermuda Triangle remains a mystery.
*An artistic representation of a plane flying over the Bermuda Triangle. Image via Before it’s News.
Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the Bermuda Triangle’s theories date back to October 8th 1492, when Christopher Colombus sailed through and reported a great flame of fire crashing into the sea. In his log, he also detailed erratic compass readings and strange lights that appeared a few weeks later. Whilst Christopher Colombus’ ordeal could very well be the first documented mysteries surrounding the triangle, it didn’t fully capture the public’s attention until March 1918. It was then that USS Cyclops, a 542 foot long Navy cargo ship tragically sank between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay, taking with it 306 crew and passengers. The ship was fully equipped to send out SOS distress signals and yet failed to do so, leaving it, and its missing passengers, a complete mystery. Despite extensive searches, no wreckage or remains of USS Cyclops have ever been found. Perhaps just as mysterious, in 1941, in very similar circumstances, two of the Cyclops’ sister ships followed the same route and also vanished without a trace. Yet perhaps the most famous case of disappearance to date happened in 1945 when ‘Flight 19’ disappeared, followed by 6 search planes that went in looking for it. A total of 27 men were never found.
*Image of USS Cyclops, missing without a trace in 1918. Image via Circa 71.
*Image of crew from lead plane Flight 19 whose remains have never been found. Image via The Sun.
Over the years there has been hundreds of similar stories, more recently in May 2017, when a twin-engine MU-2B plane disappeared after flying over the Bermuda Triangle. On board was the pilot, along with a mother and her two children, leaving behind a devastated family with many questions about just how this could happen.
Despite there being 75 planes and hundreds of ships mysteriously vanishing over the years, little insight has been provided into this complicated force of nature. These unexplained circumstances continue to be a topic of research and examination, a constant source of fascination resulting in a long list of conspiracy theories. The most common and scientifically plausible theory comes from a group of satellite meteorologists. Their theory is that hexagonal clouds called air bombs create winds of up to 170 miles per hour that are so powerful that they plunge ships and planes into the sea in an instant. Using radar satellites, the research group found that sea level winds were reaching dangerous speeds, creating waves as high as 45ft.
Some of the more obscure theories range from dangerous waters caused by the lost city of Atlantis, a glass pyramid that attracts and collects cosmic rays, portals of other dimensions, alien abductions and that the Bermuda Triangle doesn’t actually exist. Whatever the rationalisation for these mysterious tragedies, the Bermuda Triangle continues to defy all odds and explanation, a curious phenomenon that has captured imaginations worldwide.
*Images via Evaneos, How Stuff Works, Galaxy S3 Forum and Inquisitr.