BRITISH scientists believe 100ft ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats have been sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.
THE mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle might be finally explained with the 100ft ‘rogue’ waves theory, but the myth of its seas will survive forever. But how did all the tales and legends begin?
It was all started, then later perpetuated, by journalists and writers, though many details recorded are based on fact.
Its abnormalities were first noted in 1950 by Edward Jones, writing for the Miami Herald, before it gained notoriety in 1952 when George Sand wrote in Fate magazine about certain incidents occurred in the zone.
One of the more famous examples was that of Flight-19, a training flight of five torpedo bomber planes. All five of the aircraft vanished during a training session in 1945.
Following this, many disappearances of planes or ships were reported and the mystery continued growing. Ever since, researchers and scientists have come up with an array of theories to explain the mystery disappearances.
This theory blames gas trapped under the sea floor for the scores of plane and ship disappearances. This, the claim goes, can erupt, lower the water density and cause ships to sink like a rock. Even planes flying over it, could catch fire and get completely destroyed, researchers said.
This is the name coined for what is essentially a storm. The ‘electronic fog’ would appear from nowhere and would engulf a plane or a ship by causing all instruments’ malfunction, so the ship or aircraft would vanish with no trace.
Hexagonal Cloud and Air Bombs
Another theory of the Bermuda Triangle disappearances involves strange cluds and 45-feet waves. Meteorologists have discovered strange hexagonal clouds that are capable of blasting winds to the ocean below at huge speeds.
These wind storms on the ocean would create waves as high as 45-feet, decimating ships and planes caught in it. The infamous body of water in the western part of the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico.
The rogue waves are created when three storms collide in the Bermuda Triangle, experts say
Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the area features multiple shipping lanes and has claimed over 1,000 lives in the last 100 years. But experts at the University of Southampton believe the mystery can be explained by a natural phenomenon known as “rogue waves.”
Appearing on Channel 5 documentary The Bermuda Triangle Enigma, the science boffins use indoor simulators to re-create the monster water surges.
Rogue waves – which only last for a few minutes – were first observed by satellites in 1997 off the coast of South Africa.
Experts at the University of Southampton can re-create the conditions of a rogue wave using an indoor simulator.
The scientists showed how huge boats can be overcome by the monster waves
The team used a model of the USS Cyclops – which went missing in the triangle in 1918 claiming 300 lives.
Some have even measured 30 metres (nearly 100ft) high.
The research team built a model of the USS Cyclops, a huge vessel which went missing in the triangle in 1918 claiming 300 lives.
And because of its sheer size and flat base, it does not take long before the model is overcome with water during the simulation.
Dr Simon Boxall, an ocean and earth scientist, says that infamous area in the Atlantic can see three massive storms coming together from different directions – the perfect conditions for a rogue wave.
Rogue waves can measure up to nearly 100ft.
The feared location lies off the coast of North America, in the Atlantic Ocean
Boxall believes such a surge in water could snap a boat, such as the Cyclops, in TWO.
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 metres.
“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.”