Decades-long investigation into Bermuda Triangle finally explains mysterious disappearances
British oceanographers have concluded a decades-long investigation into the Bermuda Triangle and finally determined what is behind the hundreds of mysterious disappearances in the region.
The mysterious 700,000sqm triangle, stretching between the tip of Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, and has been the center of public fascination for over 100 years, when reports first started emerging of an unusual amount of shipwrecks in the region. The New York Times claimed at least 50 ships, 20 aircraft, and more than 1,000 people have succumbed to the Triangle over the past 500 years.
Now, researchers from the University of Southampton say ships are being sucked into the ocean by “rogue waves” over 30 meters (100ft) in height, and explained their theory on the Channel 5 documentary The Bermuda Triangle Enigma.
“There are storms to the South and North, which come together… we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 metres. The bigger the boat gets, the more damage is done,” Dr Simon Boxall, an oceanographer who led the study, told The Sun.
While many theories to explain the disappearances have been floated about over the years, scientists first zeroed in on the freak wave hypothesis when a 18.5 meter rogue wave was measured in the North Sea by satellites in 1995.
Rogue waves occur when an abnormally large wave crashes in the open sea. Normal waves of around 12 meters have a breaking pressure of 8.5 psi (pounds per square inch). Modern ships are designed to tolerate about 21 psi, but rogue waves can have a crushing pressure of up to 140 psi – enough to topple even the sturdiest of ships.
For the documentary, Dr. Boxall and his team re-created the mammoth waves using indoor simulators and built a model of the USS Cyclops to see what effect it would have on the large ship. The Cyclops went missing in the triangle in 1918 with 309 people on board.
“If you can imagine rogue waves with peaks at either end, there’s nothing below the boat, so it snaps in two. If it happens, it can sink in two to three minutes,” said Boxall.
The most recent disappearance was just last year when a plane carrying four people went missing over the infamous triangle. The group had spent Mother’s Day in Puerto Rico and were flying back to Florida when their twin-prop plane vanished from radar. The search was eventually called off and no bodies were ever found.
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Over the centuries, theories have abounded over the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle where more than 75 planes and hundreds of ships are said to have disappeared. Scientists may now have an answer.
It’s thought that hexagonal clouds over the 1.3 million sq km (500,000 square miles) of ocean between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico, could be creating huge 106kph (170mph) wind “air bombs” and these deadly blasts of air can tear down trees, topple over ships and bring planes crashing down.
Researchers analyzed imagery from a NASA satellite and found the hexagon-shaped clouds 240km off the coast of Florida and over the Bahamas.
Speaking to the Science Channel, Dr Steve Miller, a satellite meteorologist from Colorado State University said traditionally, cloud shapes don’t have straight edges.
“You don’t typically see straight edges with clouds,” Miller explained. “Most of the time clouds are random in their distribution.”
With the hexagon shapes differing in sizes between 32 and 88km in width, their location in the western part of the Bermuda triangle could explain why so many aircrafts and ships have gone missing.
Scientists examined similar cloud shapes from the North Sea off the coast of the UK and found sea level winds of up to 160kph, which are powerful enough to create waves more than 45ft (14 meters) high.
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Similar wind patterns were found underneath the hexagons in the Bahamas and the team believe these “air bombs” are connected.
“These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs,” Dr Randy Cerveny from the University of Arizona told the channel.
“They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size and they start to interact with each other,” he added.
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Researchers will continue to analyze satellite images with the hope of alerting authorities, should an air bomb appear in the future.
Notable disappearances from the area include the USS Cyclops, a US Navy ship that mysteriously disappeared with 309 crew members on board around March 4, 1918, and Flight 19, where five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers vanished on December 5, 1945, over the Atlantic.