British scientists believe 100-foot ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats have been sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.
The infamous body of water in the western part of the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico. 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.
Rogue waves – which only last for a few minutes – were first observed by satellites in 1997 off the coast of South Africa.
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. Boxall believes such a surge in water could snap a boat, such as the Cyclops, in two.
“There are storms to the south and north, which come together,” said Boxall. “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.”
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