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NOAA claims Bermuda Triangle is just a myth

Posted on Monday, 10 February, 2014 | Comment icon 66 comments

Several ships and planes have vanished in the Bermuda Triangle. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Vix_B
The agency has played down reports of mysterious disappearances in the region over the years.
Covering a wide area between Miami, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda, the triangle has been the subject of stories and myths for years. The mysterious disappearances of ships and planes within its boundaries have been blamed on everything from extraterrestrial intervention to giant whirlpools, yet despite extensive search-and-rescue operations no conclusive explanation for these losses has ever been found.

Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has weighed in on the debate by declaring that all the stories surrounding the triangle are nonsense and that there is nothing out of the ordinary happening there at all.

"There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean," the agency wrote on its website.

The US Coast Guard also seems to concur with the NOAA's stance. "The Coast Guard does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes," said a spokesman. "In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes."

Source: Sun Sentinel | Comments (66)

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Comment icon #57 Posted by Merc14 on 27 February, 2014, 13:42
So you agree that Bruce Gernon is a charlatan or worse! Great! See you are teachable and thanks for recognizing my role in your education but there were many others with far better input, so maybe you should thank them as well and congrats on your growth as a human. Never too old to learn something new like critical thought and its application to magical stories
Comment icon #58 Posted by stereologist on 27 February, 2014, 13:49
The ability to learn and think through problems is something anyone can learn at any age. BR you too can learn to think through issues. It's a simple a simple matter of learning to turn off the urge to swallow the hook, line, and sinker in one gulp and question the validity of statements that are made. Begin with the easiest to verify issues such as numbers or places or similar pieces of data. In many odd claims it turns out that the people mentioned do not exist. An example is the claim that the Gulf Stream stopped flowing. The story is based on a researcher. Go to the website for the r... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by psyche101 on 4 March, 2014, 7:22
Have you ever considered reading something that was not first penned by Alex Jones? An entire new world awaits you.
Comment icon #60 Posted by qxcontinuum on 6 March, 2014, 4:49
I've watches recently on national Geographic a documentary talking about some space time distortion vortex caused by electro magnetic anomalies. It seems some modern planes have travelled way to fast or slow on some distances according to the onboard clock versus base control. In the same time often the fuel tank is emptying faster on short distances than it would normally do in other routes.
Comment icon #61 Posted by sinewave on 6 March, 2014, 7:21
I'm inclined to agree with NOAA on this. All commercial ships are insured against loss. Insurance companies are really very good at assessing risk. Having said that, the arbitrary triangular area of ocean in question is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. If there was a substantial risk to being in there, the insurance companies would know about it and would require ships to route around it. There are no statistics that support the notion of ship or plane loss being any more likely there than anywhere else in the world. It is really just a lot of media hype and mythology.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Merc14 on 6 March, 2014, 18:42
You need to clarify what you are talkiing about here because Einstein predicted that clocks run slower the faster their speed that clocks run slower the stronger the gravity around it. What this means is that a clock on teh space station will sem to be running slower than a matching clock on the ground. The effect, however, is negligible when discussing aircraft.
Comment icon #63 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 16 March, 2014, 2:50
Of course it is just a myth, doesn't mean a lot of planes and ships haven't disappeared without a trace though. But if that's all it takes to make an area cursed, the pacific north west and especially the graveyard of the pacific must be uberly-cursed then ~ Not to derail this thread, but...that being said, does anyone remember the case of that plane in the early 1960s (I believe it was a DC of some make) that was en-route to Miami, on radar and within fifty kilometres of the airport when it vanished. I remember reading about this case ages ago, but cannot remember where. I believe... [More]
Comment icon #64 Posted by Colonel Rhubarb on 16 March, 2014, 17:17
Perhaps it's moved to Malaysia.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Gummug on 21 May, 2014, 8:30
From Wikipedia, this was in 1948, it was a DC-3, but it looks like it just drifted off course, and the plane was overloaded and had electronic difficulties, evidently:

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