British experts claimed to have solved Bermuda Triangle mysteries
British scientists believe that fierce waves with a height of 30 meters may be the cause for the shipwreck of many ships passing through the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. This is an area of about 700,000 square kilometers between Florida (USA), Bermuda and Puerto Rico in the Western Atlantic.
Over the past 100 years, the area has seen many shipwrecks, resulting in the deaths of about 1,000 people. Experts at the University of Southampton believe the mystery behind these shipwrecks could be explained by a natural phenomenon known as the "rogue wave". This type of wave is completely unexpected in the high seas, can be as high as 30 meters and is a serious threat to the ships.
One of the most famous examples of an accident in Bermuda was the flight 19 of five US Navy torpedo bombers. All of these aircrafts disappeared during a training session in 1945.
In the documentary "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery," scientists used in-house wave-emitting devices to simulate this mysterious phenomenon.
The "rogue wave" was first observed by a satellite on the South African coast in 1997. It only appeared in just a few minutes.
British scientists have reconstructed the model of the USS Cyclops, the ship carrying 300 people which went missing at the Bermuda Triangle in 1918. Due to the enormous size of the simulated wave, it "swallowed" the model vessel in just a short time.
Dr. Simon Boxall, a scientist in Earth Science and Oceanography, said the Bermuda Triangle region was where the big storms in different directions met. This is the perfect condition to create "rogue waves".
He said: “There are storms to the south and north, which come together. And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves.They are steep, they are high — we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 meters (98 feet). The bigger the boat gets, the more damage is done. If you can imagine a rogue wave with peaks at either end, there’s nothing below the boat, so it snaps in two. If it happens, it can sink in two to three minutes.”
Up to now the Bermuda Triangle has been one of the biggest mysteries in the world. Many scientists have come up with a variety of explanations for the causes of this mysterious disappearance in the region, one of them is methane. The theory suggests that the gas "trapped" in the sea might have exploded, causing the vehicles to sink, even an passing aircraft could have caught fire and burned.
Another hypothesis is that the underlying cause of the shipwrecks is the "cloud of electricity" that causes ships and aircrafts to malfunction and fall. Scientists also talk about "hexagonal clouds" that can cause big destructive waves and winds.
By: Archie Henderson