Whereas the Bermuda Triangle can be debunked with some simple explanations in physics and disproving of legend and lore, the Alaska Triangle is a bit more of a challenge. This unusual triangular region runs from the most populated city in the state to one of the most remote, and has been associated with some fairly unusual phenomena.
While many people do believe there is something unusual - or paranormal - happening within this triangle, there are also some interesting facts about its geography and why such strange things happen there. Here are ten things one may not have known about the Alaska Triangle.
10 The Missing Person's Rate Is Twice As High As The National Average
While the explanation for this might not be as sinister as some people believe it to be, it's still a shuttering statistic. On average, 4 in 1,000 people have gone missing in the area known as the Alaska Triangle, which is twice the national average. One theory for this is due to the terrain that exists in Alaska, combined with unpredictable weather patterns which can lead to disorientation and the loss of a sense of direction.
9 The Area Of The Triangle Itself Is Massive
The Alaska Triangle spans from Anchorage to Juneau and covers a large distance in between. Obviously, this includes barren and remote territory, much of which includes untouched wilderness. Despite its remote nature, the area is home to a reasonably dense population as well as a population of tourists who visit annually.
8 Planes Have Also Gone Missing In The Alaska Triangle Without A Trace
While this could also be attributed to the weather, there have been disappearances and accidents in the Alaska Triangle involved planes and not just people. One of the most significant disappearances that happened in this area involved Congressman Hale Boggs, whose aircraft mysteriously went off the radar in 1972 while flying over the triangle. Efforts to recover the plane wreckage or any survivors was unsuccessful, and the disappearance remains a mystery to this day.
7 The Tlingit People Believe The Disappearances Are Due To Something Else Entirely
The indigenous people in this region, the Tlingit, believe in a creature that's called Kushtaka. It's said to be a cross between a human and an otter, who is responsible for luring unsuspecting people into Alaska's waterways. While the shapeshifter's existence has yet to be proven, it's only one theory as to why so many people disappear in this region annually.
6 Just As Planes Disappear, They Are Also Said To Appear Out Of Nowhere
The most notable example of this happened in 1986, when a Japanese plane flying from Iceland to Anchorage witnessed something that still has no explanation to this day. The plane stumbled upon what appeared to be three separate aircraft, all of which followed the plane's flight pattern for roughly 400 miles before they disappeared after about 30 minutes. The entire time, the pilots reported the unusual aircraft darting in and out of their line of sight and performing strange aerial maneuvers that are unlike what anyone had seen with the average plane.
5 In General, The Region Of The Alaska Triangle Is Considered Unsafe
With such a vast wilderness like this one, it's not surprising that it's not exactly deemed safe for those who are inexperienced in backcountry survival. Even for those who are, the Alaskan mountains provide a challenge that's both mental and physical, and is does not go easy on newcomers. For this reason, the area is fairly unsafe for those who have little to no survival skills, and those who are lost are often not found easily.
4 It's Home To Some Monsters, But Not The Kind You're Thinking Of
The Alaska Triangle has been surmised to be home to everything short of Bigfoot, but it's also home to some pretty menacing animals that have been proven to exist. The grizzly bear, for example, is a formidable opponent - especially if one happens to run into a mother with her sows. Therefore, it's not necessary the monsters inside one's head that hikers need to be worried about; rather, the ones that exist just around the corner of the trail.
3 Speaking Of Bigfoot, Though...
With that being said, it would be unusual if visitors to the Alaska Triangle didn't report sightings of some large, strange creature. Some firmly believe that the infamous Sasquatch exists in these parts of the world while others remain a bit more skeptical. Regardless of what seems to be stomping around Alaska's most inhospitable landscapes, one thing is for sure - no one would want to be stuck in this region alone.
2 Electromagnetism Might Have Something To Do With Strange Phenomena
Some believe that the Alaska Triangle is home to its own electromagnetic variations, also known as 'vortexes,' that affect the physical world. One example of this vile vortex is the Bermuda Triangle, but a more common example would be the North and South Poles. These types of magnetic energy centers ar e believed to have varying affects on humans, including anything from confusion to emotional changes.
1 Despite Its Reputation, It's Still A Popular Tourist Destination
With all the rumors and legends surrounding the Alaska Triangle, it hasn't seemed to have any effect on the level of tourism that the area sees. If anything, it seems that more people are visiting Alaska and have a natural curiosity in the phenomena that surround its most wild and untamed locations.