Bermuda Triangle is the greatest unsolved mystery of the modern age. Also called Devil's Triangle.
It is a triangular shaped area in the North Atlantic Ocean, from Bermuda Island to Miami, USA and
Puerto Rico. Hundreds of people and numerous boats, ships and planes have disappeared inside this
triangle. Reasons given for these disappearances vary from scientific to sheer myth. Here are 10
Shocking facts about Bermuda Triangle

*.The Bermuda Triangle is not small. In fact, it is quite large and covers an area of 440,000 miles of
sea. This is larger than the combined area of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra.

*.The bermuda triangle is certainly not fixed and its effect can be experienced outside of the
triangle too.

*.The disappearances are ascribed to UFO's and alien activity, city of Atlantis lost under the
triangle, and various other technical, natural and geographical reasons.

*.Whenever any plane or ship disappears in the Triangle, its debris cannot be found. The reason
behind this is that Gulf Stream runs near the triangle, which quickly gets rid of the debris
*.At least 1000 lives are lost within the last 100 years. On average, 4 aircraft and 20 yachts go
missing every year.

*.Inside the Bermuda Triangle, US Government has AUTEC (for Atlantic Undersea Test and
Evaluation Center), which is located on the Andros Island of Bahamas. Here US Navy tests their
submarines, sonar and other weapons. However many are of the view that it is more than just the
testing center.

*.People have experienced electronic fog in bermuda triangle, which can be a Time Travel Tunnel
too. Pilot Bruce Gernon claims he lost 28 minutes after flying through a time-warping cloud tunnel.
The plane went missing from radars, only to re-emerge in Miami Beach. (Source: The Fog by Bruce

*.One of the biggest and famous losses of US Military occurred in 1945. Five US Navy Avenger
torpedo bombers flew from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a sortie to the island of Bimini. The
mission had 14 men. After about 90 minutes, the radio operators received a signal that the compass
was not working. After that the communication was lost. The bombers were never found. The three
planes that went for their rescue also disappeared.

*.The first person to report about Bermuda Triangle was Christopher Columbus. He wrote in his
journals that inside the triangle, the ship's compass stopped working and he also saw a fireball in the

*.Bermuda Triangle is one of the rare places on earth where the compass does not point towards
Magnetic North. Instead of that, it point towards true north, which creates confusion and that's why
so many ships and planes lost its course in the triangle.

Bermuda triangle is a very mysterious area on the Atlantic Ocean and there is a myth about this
triangle that at this place several types of disappearances have occurred, many ships and planes
passing over it have disappeared. In the last hundred years, approx thousand lives are lost. On an
average, 20 yachts and 4 planes go missing every year. And there is no evidence of disappearance.
So people believe that devil lives here therefore they also call it "devil's triangle". But no one knows
the exact reason behind it. Why do all of these big transportation machine go missing, but there are
some stories and myths prevailing. Most of the disappearances have mainly taken place around the
southern boundary of the triangle between Puerto Rico and Florida.

The mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle have been documented for centuries, the Bermuda
Triangle's infamy first started with Christopher Columbus. He wrote in his journals that inside this
area, the watercraft's compass stopped working and he saw a fireball in the sky too. According to
Columbus , when he looked down at his compass and observed that his compass was giving strange
readings that day was October 8, 1492. He didn't take it seriously and a he did not inform his crew
too, because having a compass that didn't point to magnetic north may have sent the exactly on
border crew into the wildly unthinking behavior. This decision was apparently an ideal decision
considering three days after when Columbus directly spotted a mysterious light, the crew got
alarmed to go back to Spain.

* Weather – The area is subject to violent and unexpected storms and weather changes. These short
but intense storms can build up and dissipate quickly, causing obvious navigational problems.

* Topography – The underwater topography of the area may also be a factor. It goes from a gently
sloping continental shelf to an extremely deep drop-off. Some of the deepest trenches in the world
are found in the area of the Bermuda Triangle. Ships or planes that sink into these deep trenches
will probably never be found.

* Current – The Gulf Stream, where the Triangle is located, is extremely swift and turbulent. It’s
been reported to move faster than 5 knots in some areas – more than fast enough to throw sailors
hundreds of miles off course if they don't compensate correctly for the current. It can also quickly
erase any evidence of a disaster [more on the Gulf Stream in the next days as it will play a role in
the end of Leg 6 to Newport].

* Compass – The Bermuda Triangle is one of only two places on Earth where a compass points to
true north rather than magnetic north. If this compass variation or error is not compensated for,
ships and planes could find themselves far off course.

* Methane gas hydrates – Scientists have discovered the presence of large concentrations of
methane gas trapped in the ocean floor. This gas is due to decomposing sea organisms. The
sediment contains bacteria that produce methane, which accumulates as super concentrated methane
ice, called gas hydrates. The layer of ice traps the methane gas. Within seconds of a methane gas
pocket rupturing, the gas surges up and erupts on the surface without warning. If a ship is in the
area of the blowout, the water beneath it would suddenly become much less dense. It could sink and
sediment could quickly cover it as it settles onto the sea floor.
Other justifications are slightly more…. Far-fetched.

* Magnetics – Some speak of magnetic vortices, these hot and cold currents that could create the
electromagnetic gymnastics affecting instruments and vehicles. Others mention an electronic fog
that could block both the visibility and the instruments.

* Aliens – The area has one of the highest incidences of UFO sightings and alien abductions have
been a popular explanation for the disappearances. But abductions aren't the only theory; some
believe it’s a portal to other planets.

* Atlantis – Many theorise that the Triangle is home to the lost city of Atlantis. According to legend
and speculation, the city of Atlantis relied on the power of special energy crystals that were
extremely powerful. The theory is that these energy crystals are in an altered state of some kind and
send out rays of energy that confuse navigation.

*.Bermuda Triangle is a name that strikes fear into the hearts of those who have to travel through it.

*.Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle is placed between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and

*.Though it is popularly known as Bermuda Triangle, it is not a triangle in reality. Neither does this
area have any particular shape, nor does it have any official boundary. The triangle does not even
exist according to the US Navy and the name is not recognized by the US Board on Geographic
Names. This is the reason you do not find it on the map.

*.Is it just an attempt to evade ae sensitive issue or is the Bermuda Triangle really nothing more
than yet another example of much hyped and exaggerated old wives’ tales? Whatever it is, the
Bermuda Triangle remains a notorious site where numerous unexplained disappearances of
aircrafts, ships and people have taken place.

*.It is said that more than 50 ships and 20 planes have gone down in the Bermuda Triangle during
the last century.

*.Many stories exist in every part of the world offering some really interesting explanations.

*.Some people believe that the Bermuda triangle is full of UFO activity and put the blame for the
missing planes and ships on the shoulders of aliens.

*.Others believe that this area is cursed and some ancient witchcraft practiced by the natives of this
area is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of ships and aircrafts.

*.It is also said that large swirls of water (or vortexes) have sucked in everything and transported
the lost planes and ships to some another time and place.It has become part of popular culture to
believe that the Bermuda Triangle is haunted and experiences paranormal activity.

*.However, these whimsical explanations do not really hold any water and mystery continues to
shroud the truth.

*.The first mention of Bermuda Triangle is said to have been made by Christopher Columbus in his
travelogues. While travelling across the Atlantic, he and his crew noticed some strange readings in
their compass. They also claimed to have seen dancing lights in the sky.

*.The scientists of today believe that these were just the cooking fires used by the resident local

*.The name Bermuda Triangle was first given to this area by Vincent H. Gaddis in an article that he
wrote for Argosy Magazine in 1964. Since then, various bizarre nicknames have been coined for the
Bermuda Triangle, including the ‘Devil’s Triangle,’ ‘Limbo of the Lost’ and the ‘Hoodoo Sea.’

*.The incident that consolidated the reputation of the Bermuda Triangle was the disappearance in
December 1945 of Flight 19—a training squadron of five US Navy Bomber planes—that had
together started to practice bombing, but vanished in a weird fashion.

*.The last communication recordings suggest that Lieutenant Charles Taylor, who was leading
Flight 19, had reported that his compass and other gadgets were malfunctioning in a strange
manner. The seaplane sent in search of the squadron also disappeared.

*.Experts, however, say that during those times, planes did not have any sophisticated gadgets or
GPS system that could have helped the pilots to navigate, so it was pretty easy for them to get lost.

*.The Bermuda Triangle is infamous for having devoured many more aircrafts and ships, including
a DC-3 carrying 27 passengers in 1948 and a C-124 Globemaster with 53 passengers in 1951.

*.Among the ships, one that deserves mention is the ship Marine Sulphur Queen, which disappeared
with 39 men aboard in 1963. No traces of debris of these ill-fated planes and ships or the bodies of
the hapless victims have ever been found.

*.Now what really intrigues the scientists is the fact that when these planes and ships started for
their destinations, the weather was favourable.

*.The disappearances occurred in broad daylight after a bizarre break in radio contact, and the
remains of the vanished vessels were never found.

*.What could have happened so suddenly? Why was the wreckage of the vanished vessels never
found? Over a period of time, there has been a great deal of research and many explorations have
been carried out in an attempt to expose the truth.

*.There is no single theory that can explain all the incidents of disappearances, but some of the
major and a little less wacky explanations are mentioned below:

*.Methane gasas trapped under the sea floor can suddenly erupt out of nowhere. This lowers the
water density and causes ships floating atop to sink. Even planes flying over it, can catch fire and
get completely destroyed during such a massive gas explosion.
Sargasso Sea is a vast area located in the heart of Bermuda Triangle that contains large and dense
mats of sargassum seaweed. Perhaps the ships passed through this area, got entangled in these
vicious seaweeds and sunk.
Electronic fag, is a peculiar thick cloud appears from nowhere and engulfs a ship or a plane. Under
this cloud cover, the instruments begin to malfunction, because of which the aircrafts and the ships
go missing without a trace.

*.According to some scientists, the real culprit is an underwater volcano that is responsible for the
disappearances, while others say it was just the lack of experience on the part of the pilots and
captains of the ships; who were not familiar with the severity of the strong currents of air and water.
All said and done, the Bermuda Triangle is still one of the most heavily travelled shipping lanes by
cruise ships. It is also a heavily flown route for commercial and private aircraft heading towards
Florida, the Caribbean and South America. The truth is yet to be unraveled before the world, but it
remains a fact that the Bermuda Triangle has taken toll of thousands of lives through unexplained
events and it will remain a source of mystery and fascination for a long time to come.
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Bermuda Triangle Facts
The Bermuda Triangle is a region in the Atlantic Ocean touching on Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and
Florida. The Bermuda Triangle is also referred to as Devil's Triangle because many airplanes and
ships have mysteriously disappeared in the region, without any trace. A writer named Vincent
Gaddis gave the region its name in a magazine in 1964, however he was not the first to write about
the mysterious disappearances. An article was published in 1950 referencing unusual
disappearances, and again in 1952 when the article "Sea Mystery at Our Back Door" covered the
loss of five Navy TBM Avenger bombers. Many theories exist to provide possible explanations for
the disappearances that continue today, but no explanation has been proven.
Interesting Bermuda Triangle Facts:

*.Despite the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, airplanes and ships continue to fly or sail
through the region frequently.

*.Some explanations for the mysterious disappearances have included UFO (unidentified flying
object) theories, suggesting alien interference.

*.Some theorists have linked the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle to the lost city of Atlantis.

*.Some investigations into the Bermuda Triangle disappearances indicate that it has been human
error or simply bad weather to blame.

*.Some theories about the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle have included pirate
interference, hurricanes, magnetic abnormalities, deliberate sinking of ships, and huge waves.

*.In 1918 the USS Cyclops left Barbados with a crew of 309 and was never seen again.

*.In 1945 five bombers in training went missing in the Bermuda Triangle. The rescue plane sent to
search for them never returned either. One pilot reported, "Everything looks strange, even the
ocean," prior to disappearing forever.

*.In 1958 a Douglas DC-3 airplane went missing in the Bermuda triangle. The plane and its 32
people on board were never heard from or seen again.

*.In 1955 a yacht was found in the Bermuda Triangle. It had survived three hurricanes but none of
its crew was ever found.

*.The ship traffic in the Bermuda Triangle is so high that it is only normal that there would be more
ships sunk there than in other regions with less traffic.

*.Some believe that the large fields of methane hydrates in the Bermuda Triangle may be
responsible for some of the mysterious disappearances. This methane hydrate, which is a form of
natural gas, can change water's density and lose its buoyancy, causing a ship to sink.

*.Some people have suggested that magnetic abnormalities in the Bermuda Triangle may cause
issues with compasses, and therefore make pilots and captains confused about the direction they are

*.When Christopher Columbus sailed through the Bermuda Triangle in 1492 he reported a fireball
in the sky and strange compass readings.

*.Reports of missing time when flying over the Bermuda Triangle are not uncommon. A man named
Bruce Gernon claimed that he lost 28 minutes on a flight through the area. His plane was lost from
radar and reappeared in Miami Beach.

*.It is reported that at least 20 planes and 50 ships have gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle in the
last 100 years. 1,000 people have died or disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in the last 100 years.