Titanic's Sinking: Was It More Than Human Folly

By: AP
By: AP
Two new theories suggest freak atmospheric conditions could have caused a mirage or an even rarer astronomical event that sent icebergs into shipping lanes, sinking the Titanic.

Titanic sets sail on its maiden voyage (Credit AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After an entire century that included two high-profile government investigations and countless books and movies, we're still debating what really caused the Titanic to hit an iceberg and sink on that crystal-clear chilly night.

Now come two new theories that suggest freak atmospheric conditions could have caused a mirage or an even rarer astronomical event that sent icebergs into shipping lanes.

Disaster experts and Titanic historians say the effort to find natural causes may also be a quest for an excuse -- anything to avoid blaming human folly and hubris for the disaster that claimed 1,500 lives.

The doomed cruise ship went down 100 years ago this week.


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