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The Dragon’s Triangle – Bermuda Triangle of the Pacific

Updated on January 30, 2015

Who hasn’t heard about the infamous Bermuda Triangle, which swallows pretty much everything that enters the zone? But, were you aware of an equally dangerous place exactly on the other side of the planet? Welcome to the Dragon’s Triangle, which is equally notorious, if not more, for swallowing ships and aircraft that cross the zone. The infamous missing flight of Malaysian Airlines MH370, is a classic case of this infamous triangle.

Also known by various other names such as Ma-no Umi, the Famosa Triangle, Devil’s sea and Pacific Bermuda Triangle, the dragon’s triangle is located about 100 km south of Tokyo around the Miyake Island. The area has become as notorious and inexplicable as the Bermuda Triangle. The area is supposed to be one of the 12 ‘Vile Vortices’ identified on the planet. What is interesting is that the area lies almost exactly opposite to Bermuda Triangle, with points lying on the same latitude.

Legends around the Devil’s Sea

There are several legends surrounding this mysterious area, some that date back to about 1,000 BCE. According to some Japanese legends, there were fire-breathing dragons that lived off the coast of Japan, which caused these disappearances, hence the name. Few other legends talk about restless dragons coming out of the sea and taking unfortunate mariners down to the depths of the sea. It is quite possible that the earlier people were unaware of an undersea volcano, hence compared it to dragons, which destroyed vessels.

Investigations of the mysterious area

Though the area is not as famous as the Bermuda Triangle, there have been investigations going on in this area at least since the early 1950s. The most famous investigation of this area was done by Charles Berlitz in his book, “The Dragon’s Triangle”. According to his book, somewhere between the years 1952 and 1954, five Japanese military vessels mysteriously vanished during these years. A team of 100 scientists was commissioned to study this phenomenon by the Japanese government at that time. However, the team aborted the study after the Japanese vessel Kaiyo-Maru No 5 disappeared. However in 1995, Larry Kusche published a book (The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Resolved) and claimed that the military vessels were actually mostly fishing vessels and were lost outside the Dragon’s Triangle. The book also claimed that these vessels were destroyed by an undersea volcano. The Japanese government was able to later recover some of the ship’s wreckage.

The Devil's Sea (Source: National Geographic)

Mystery continues

Though the theory of dragons associated with the mysterious vanishing of vessels seems to have been put to rest, many things haven’t been explained completely and satisfactorily. How can a volcano lead to vanishing of aeroplanes? Some of the famous mysterious plane disappearances include those of the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart’s plane and Malaysian Airlines MH370. There are several claims of unidentified submerged objects (USOs), UFOs, mysterious lights and other anomalies. Some pilots have also claimed of their electric instruments going dead when they are near the region, and springing back to life once they pass the area. If these are not sufficient, there are sightings of “ghost ships” out of nowhere in this area. What makes the area more mysterious is that vessels and planes have vanished even without a distress call. How can all these be explained by a simple undersea volcano? Is there a magnetic anomaly similar to Bermuda Triangle or anything else in this area?

Other similar areas

While the Bermuda Triangle and Dragon’s triangle are well-known, there are known to be 12 vile vortices similar to the above areas. The remaining infamous triangles are:

Mohenjo-daro, Algerian megaliths, Hamakulia, North pole, Easter Island, South Atlantic Anomaly, Zimbabwe megaliths, Wharton Basin, New Hebrides Trench, South Pole.

What do you know about any of these mysterious areas? Do share in the comments section.


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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot guys :)

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I read a recent report stating that the Bermuda Triangle wasn't any more dangerous than anywhere else and discrediting the Berlitz book. I wouldn't be surprised if this Dragon's Triangle was just more of the same. Nonetheless it makes for fun reading. Nice job!

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      Pollyanna Jones 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love to read about mysterious and strange places around the world. This is fascinating, I had never heard of this place, either. It is well-written and I really did enjoy it. Voted up!

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      Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

      Very interesting! I've heard of the dragon's triangle but had never read about it. Thanks for enlightening me.