The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is the popular name given to a triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean, off the south-east United States. In this small part of the world, for some unexplained reason, more than 50 ships and 20 aircrafts have vanished without leaving any trace at all, and over 1,000 lives were lost in the past 200 years. This area is bounded by Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. The triangle covers an area of 3,900,000 square kilometres. In 1750, three Spanish treasure ships disappeared and on March 23, 1973, a 20,000 freighter, the ‘Amta’, vanished here but no trace of any wreckage nor of survivors has ever been found. Even the planes are not spared. On December 5, 1945, five U.S. Avenger torpedo bombers, with plenty of fuel, took off on a routine training from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The last thing the control tower heard was a strange radio message, that their instruments were going crazy. A sea plane sent in for search operations also vanished. A more recent loss has been that of the U.S. nuclear submarine, ‘Scorpion’, in May, 1968. There have been several attempts at unravelling the baffling mystery. Some scientists are of the opinion that violent storms or downward air currents destroyed these ships and planes, and that the ocean currents carried the wreckage away. Some others maintain that there is a strong magnetic field in this area which cuts off the radio signals. However, till today no one has been able to put forward a convincing answer.
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