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OSLO---For more than five decades, mention of
the Bermuda Triangle has conjured up images of
lost ships, downed planes and doomed men.
According to Vincent Gaddis, who first came up
with the name in a magazine article in 1964, the
Bermuda Triangle is a roughly 500,000 square mile
area of the western North Atlantic between Florida,
Puerto Rico and Bermuda, where ships and planes
are said to have vanished without trace.
The region, also known as the Devil s Triangle,
has been blamed for the disappearance of scores of
ships and aircraft. Attempts to explain the mystery
include the involvement of aliens, Satan, or inhab-
itants of the fabled underwater lost city of Atlantis
using the energy from crystals to wreck passing
Some even say that otherworldly magnetic prop-
erties of undersea rocks in the area might scramble
compass readings, leaving pilots of land and sea craft
disoriented and leading them way off course until
they eventually run out of fuel.
The real cause may nevertheless be something far
more down to earth, according to scientists from
the Arctic University of Norway who have discovered
strings of giant craters on the ocean floor in the Bar-
ents Sea that they believe are caused by explosions
These craters off Norway are up to half a mile
wide and 150ft deep and appear to have been created
when gas seeped up from deep under the seabed,
before bursting through into the water above.
The Norwegian researchers told the Sunday Times:
"Multiple giant craters exist on the sea floor in an
area in the west-central Barents Sea, and are probably
a cause of enormous blowouts of gas.
"The crater area is likely to represent one of the
largest hotspots for shallow marine methane release
in the Arctic."
The scientists claim that such explosions could
sink ships, and if a similar phenomenon is discovered
in the Atlantic off Florida, it could explain the mystery
of the Bermuda Triangle.
Critics nevertheless say that the Bermuda Triangle
phenomenon is a myth resulting from flawed research.
According to The Guardian, Gaddis s original arti-
cle, and others that followed it, were "total cobblers."
Some supposedly vanished boats were later found.
Other disappearances, such as the legendary loss in
1945 of the five Flight 19 training planes, just aren t
difficult to explain. (They got lost and ran out of
Indeed boats and planes only vanish in the Bermu-
da Triangle about as often as they vanish everywhere
else, The Guardian said, concluding that "there isn t
anything mysterious about the Bermuda Triangle to
Barack Obama sent an unmis-
takable message to Americans
on Tuesday ahead of his historic
trip to Havana: Cuba is open for
Punching fresh holes in the
generations-old US embargo,
Obama s administration removed
the last meaningful restrictions
on travel, putting a Cuba vacation
within reach for millions of
Americans over the coming years.
The sweeping changes also clear
a path for Cuban athletes to one
day play Major League Baseball
and other professional sports.
Although tourism is still tech-
nically off-limits, the ban
becomes essentially unenforce-
able, with Americans permitted
to travel on their own with no
prior permission. White House
officials said there would be "no
shortage" of opportunities for
Americans to fill the loosely
defined requirement that they
engage with locals in a bid to fur-
ther US-Cuban understanding.
"The travel ban is on life sup-
port here, because for all intents
and purposes, anybody can go,"
Sen Jeff Flake, an Arizona Repub-
lican who supports Obama s
approach, said in an interview.
"All these barriers are coming
The White House announced
the package of changes five days
before Obama will embark on the
first presidential trip to the com-
munist country in nearly 90
years. The more lenient rules, like
the trip itself, aim to further the
rapprochement that Obama and
Cuban President Raul Castro
began more than two years ago.
Obama abolishes last restrictions on US travel to Cuba READY FOR OBAMA
A taxi pedals his bicycle, decorated with Cuban and US flags, as he transports a
woman holding a sleeping girl, near the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday.
President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba on March 20. AP PHOTO
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