Did you know? 20 planes, 50 ships lost and 1000 people have disappeared in the last 100 years in the Bermuda Triangle, reports indicate. Scientists say Bermuda is a consequence of gas hydrates reactions.
FOR years it has been one of the world’s greatest mysteries – why have so many boats and planes been lost forever within the Bermuda Triangle?
Over the past centuries, many ships and air planes have disappeared or met with fatal accidents in the triangular area on Atlantic ocean known as Bermuda Triangle. In several cases, no trace of the ships and aircraft were found even after thorough search operations were carried out for hundreds and thousands of square miles in the ocean.
Such incidents of disappearances have been known since 1400s and have continued even in 21st century. While there are various explanations and theories behind such incidents, in many cases the incidents have remained unexplained.
The disappearances in the infamous region has repeatedly been blamed on the paranormal – with suggestions it could be a vortex to another dimension which has transported the poor souls on board away from our universe.
But now scientists believe there could be a much more Earthly, and provable explanation, for the legend also known as the Devil’s Triangle.
Researchers have found huge undersea craters which could be tell-tale signs on why vessels went missing and were possible blown to smithereens, to end up at the bottom of the sea.
The up to half-mile-wide and 150ft deep craters in the Barents Sea are thought to have been caused by a build-up of methane.
They are just off the Norweaigan coast – a country rich in natural gas reserves.
Methane is likely to have leaked from deposits of natural gas deeper below the sea bed, then created cavities which eventually burst, once the pressure gets too high, the scientists said.
This would lead to a massive blow up of gas, which could cause a boat or ship to fail if it was passing at the height of the explosion.
Russian scientist Igor Yeltsov, deputy head of the Trofimuk Institute, said: “There is a version that the Bermuda Triangle is a consequence of gas hydrates reactions.
“They start to actively decompose with methane ice turning into gas.
“It happens in an avalanche-like way, like a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas.
“That makes the ocean heat up and ships sink in its waters mixed with a huge proportion of gas.
“The crater area is likely to represent one of the largest hotspots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic.”
Hundreds of boats and planes have been lost within and just outside the triangle since Christopher Columbus was the first to record its existence, noting his ship’s compass stopped working and he saw a fireball in the sky.
An average of four planes and 20 boats have been reported lost a year, with no trace of any debris, due to the Gulf Stream being believed to move them away.
Disappearances have been blamed on UFOs, strange mists, and even time travel.
The biggest recorded loss was in 1945 when five US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers flying from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Bimini Island never showed up after a radio call from the 14 men on board that their compasses stopped working.
Three rescue planes also disappeared.
The Bermuda Triangle covers 440,000 square miles of sea – from the British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, to the Florida coast and on to Puerto Rico.