Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may finally have been solved

It’s all to do with ‘air-bombs’.

Bermuda Triangle
Mystery solved Scientists think they've cracked the case. Image Lance Cheung/US Air Force via Gety Images/HBO

The Bermuda Triangle has been leaving scientists baffled for decades.

A 500,000km square area lying between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, it claims an average of four planes and 20 ships each year without explanation. That reportedly works out as at least 1,000 lives lost since records began.

Now, according to new scientific research that comes from the Science Channel, we may know what happens to those unfortunate vessels that enter the danger zone and never come out.

Scientists have claimed that “air bombs” created by hexagonal clouds are responsible for winds of up to 170 mph, thus creating storms powerful enough to drag ships and planes into the sea.

Randy Cerveny, a metereologist at Arizona State University, coined the term “air bombs” for these apparently deadly clouds.

“They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean,” he said.

These explosions of air then kick up huge waves on the water, meaning any ship crossing the Bermuda Triangle lands itself in immediate danger.

Journalist Vincent Gaddis popularised the term Bermuda Triangle in the 60s writing for pulp magazine Argosy.

The phenomenon has frequently cropped up in pop culture, with everything from the supernatural and extra-terrestrial given as potential explanations.

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