The Bermuda Triangle, located in the North Atlantic Ocean, is a symbol of mystery and various theories around the world.
The Bermuda Triangle is an area of approximately 11,54,808 square kilometre of ocean between Miami-Florida, San Juan-Puerto Rico and Bermuda.
It is estimated that 1000 lives have been lost in the last 100 years.
While some people believe the Triangle is a real place, others believe it is just a myth. According to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names as well as other agencies, the area does not officially exist. It is not mentioned officially on any map in the world.
1. Mystery of USA flight 19
Planes, ships and people have seemingly vanished from the area, some in good weather, without even sending out distress signals. The legend began on 5 December 1945 when flight 19 took off from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Flight 19 was a squadron of five TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers on a routine training mission, which disappeared. To this day, despite a massive search, nothing related to that flight 19 have been found, nor bodies or wreckage.
The phrase Bermuda Triangle first used after 1964 when an unusually high number of ship disappearances took place. Numerous ships and flights pilots over the years have claimed of devices and especially compass malfunctioning while crossing Bermuda triangle.
2. The Truth
From sea monsters, giant squid to alien abductions and time travel, there are many theories that go down in the Bermuda Triangle.
But the truth seems to be a combination of less far-fetched causes that include human error, treacherous weather, and plain bad luck. The U.S. Coast Guard’s official response to Bermuda Triangle inquiries states, “It has been our experience that the combined forces of nature and the unpredictability of mankind outdo science-fiction stories many times each year.”
Scientists argue that the triangle is no more or less dangerous than any other stretch of open sea. No one has been able to prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other heavily-used sections of the ocean.
“The region is highly travelled and has been a busy crossroads since the early days of European exploration,” as said by John Reilly, a historian with the US Naval Historical Foundation.