The area known as the Bermuda Triangle is a region in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its points are defined by Bermuda, Miami in Florida, and San Juan in Puerto Rico. Popular lore has it that numerous ships and airplanes have disappeared in this area, and that’s why it is also known as the “Devil’s Triangle”.
History of the Bermuda Triangle
An author named Vincent Gaddis first came up with the term Bermuda Triangle in a 1964 magazine article. But the area has long been the subject of much controversy. Christopher Columbus himself noted that on his first voyage to the New World, he beheld a great flame crashing in to the sea and a strange light appeared in the distance a few weeks later. Columbus also mentioned the strange compass readings, which was due to the area being one of the few points in the globe where magnetic north and true north lined up.
Other scholars speculate that Shakespeare’s play The Tempest was based on a wreck occurring in the Bermuda Triangle. But interest in the area really increased after the US Navy lost a bunch of ships and planes in the region.
The most famous lost ship in the Bermuda Triangle was the USS Cyclops, which carried 300 men and the thousand tons of cargo. It was believed to have sunk between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay in 1918 but no wreckage was ever found. It was also equipped with equipment that allowed it to send an SOS distress signal, but no such signal was sent. In 1941, two Navy ships also disappeared without a trace along the same route.
Another famous incident involved the 1945 disappearance of US Navy Flight 19. A PBM patrol plane sent out to look for the plane also disappeared as well.
Since then numerous other disappearances have been attributed to the Bermuda Triangle.
Causes of Disappearances
So what’s causing all the strange disappearances? Here are some of the more popular theories:
1. Dangerous weather patterns. The area is right in the path of hurricanes. In addition, the fast-moving Gulf Stream also traverses the area. It is also where you can find the Puerto Rico trench, which is the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Disorientation and human error. To err is human, after all, and here it may be quite easy to do so. The weather is crazy, the currents are swift, and the islands all look alike.
3. It may be the location of a secret US Navy base testing out alien tech. The Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center is actually located right in the middle of the area. And some people think that subs and sonar aren’t the only things they’re studying here.
4. Methane gas. There are trapped methane gases under the surface of the Bermuda Triangle, and they can affect the density of the water so that a ship can lose its buoyancy. They can stall a plane’s engine as well.
5. Pirates. These pirates may account for some of the earlier disappearances.
6. Location of Atlantis. This is because of the discovery of a strange rock formation in the area, known as the Bimini Road. Supposedly, it was the dock for the lost city of Atlantis.
So is the area dangerous? Most scientists don’t believe that it is more dangerous than any other spot in the globe. The US Coast Guard does not seem to think that there’s anything extraordinary about the Bermuda Triangle, and the insurance company Lloyd’s of London doesn’t levy higher premiums for ships traveling the region either.