The truth about mysterious Bermuda Triangle where planes and ships ‘disappear’

Truth or myth?
  • The Bermuda Triangle is located in the Sargasso Sea, in a triangle formed by the Bermuda islands, Miami and San Juan
  • It is known for being a dangerous location where planes and ships ‘mysteriously’ disappear
  • But is it actually true?

Published on Jan 30, 2024 at 8:30PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 31, 2024 at 5:47PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

The Bermuda Triangle has a reputation for being a location where ships sink and planes disappear.

There are various theories around it, but the reality is a little different.

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The Bermuda Triangle is often cited as the place in the world where tragedies happen.

It is located in the Sargasso Sea, in a triangle formed by the Bermuda islands, Miami and San Juan.

There are many famous incidents, such as the disappearance of five US planes in 1945 or the disappearance of a huge cargo ship.

According to the legend, nearly 100 mysterious accidents have occurred here in the 20th century.

We love to create myth and mystery around the ocean’s depths – with this mysterious hollow island blacked out on Google Maps just one example.

But the truth is, many of them are unconfirmed because no evidence has ever emerged.

There are many theories to explain and rationalize the negative aura that surrounds this place.

Many believe that the decay of methane hydrate at the bottom of the ocean can create large bubbles that sink ships, while creating powerful hurricanes that crash planes in the process.

However, if we take a map and track every known accident involving ships in the last 100 years, we can see that the Bermuda Triangle doesn’t stand out.

The Bermuda Triangle is beginning to feel like some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.

The earliest suggestion that the Bermuda Triangle may have been a mysteriously dangerous place appeared in an article written for The Miami Herald in 1950.

It caught on, and several publications ‘blamed’ the loss of several planes and ships on the Bermuda Triangle in the following years.

Larry Kusche, author of the 1975 book The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved, argued that the number of accidents in the area has never been significantly greater than in any other part of the ocean.

Further, he argued that in an area that’s famously frequented by tropical cyclones, when a plane disappears or a ship sinks, there’s nothing particularly ‘mysterious’ about it.

And there’s something else, too.

We, as humans, have explored just about every inch of Earth but what lies under the surface of the water is largely uncharted.

This explains why, even today, we’re still finding submerged pyramids or, in some cases, entire cities underwater.

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