Hello and welcome back to another video where we look at the facts behind the people, places and events that often crop up in conspiracy theories The Devil’s Triangle is an area of ocean covering at least 1
3 million square kilometres, situated between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico Over the years, many ships and planes have disappeared without a trace or an explanation Over 1,000 people are rumoured to have been lost in the area But nobody knows for sure what causes these strange and often tragic events So this is the Bermuda Triangle, declassified
The name ‘Bermuda Triangle’ was coined by a freelance writer called Vincent Gaddis in February 1963 The subject of his article was the disappearance of Flight 19 Flight 19 was a military training mission from Fort Lauderdale in Florida It consisted of 5 Avenger torpedo bombers that completely vanished on December 5th, 1945 More puzzlingly, the recovery plane sent out after them also disappeared
In all, 14 crewmen were lost, presumed dead Gaddis, writing for Argosy magazine, blamed the disappearance on paranormal forces tied to that specific area, which he called the Bermuda Triangle It would have been easy for the world to ignore the article, except that Flight 19 was just part of a spate of mysterious disappearances in the Triangle In 1948 and 1949 another three planes went missing In 1955 a pleasure yacht called the Connemara IV was found adrift with no crew in the ocean
And in 1963, just a few months after the article was published, two Air Force stratotankers vanished Suddenly, claims arose that ships had mysteriously disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle ever since the Americas were discovered by Europeans Explanations for the phenomenon ranged from the Devil, to alien abductions or the lost city of Atlantis But most recently, scientists in Europe have discovered possible evidence in favour of a peculiar scientific explanation for the mysteries The Arctic University of Norway has discovered huge underwater craters off the west Barents Sea
These craters are the probable cause of enormous blowouts of gas underwater, which turn the sea into foam If a ship were sailing above the craters when a gas blowout happened, it could sink instantly The craters are up to 45 meters deep and 800 meters wide, more than big enough to swallow a ship This might explain why ships can completely disappear in the Bermuda Triangle However, scientists have yet to search for craters and gas blowouts in the North Atlantic Ocean in the Triangle
Even if they did find craters, it wouldn’t account for the planes that have vanished Another explanation might be that magnetic rocks in the sea mess with compasses on planes and ships But again, scientists have yet to prove this The US
Government says the Bermuda Triangle is just a myth and refuses to recognise the name Meanwhile, skeptics like Lawrence David Kusche have been saying since 1975 that the number of ships and aircraft reported missing in the area is not statistically significantly higher than the average that go missing anywhere else in the ocean Today, surveys suggest 41% of people believe in the Bermuda Triangle is dangerous They can’t all be wrong, can they?