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Solar activity could have caused Titanic iceberg crash: US scientist

Geomagnetic storm may have impacted upon ship's compass

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Departure: Titanic leaving Southampton on her ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic in April 1912

Departure: Titanic leaving Southampton on her ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic in April 1912

A solar flare erupting from the surface of the sun

A solar flare erupting from the surface of the sun

Departure: Titanic leaving Southampton on her ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic in April 1912

The Titanic may have hit the iceberg after being diverted off course by a huge solar flare, a study has suggested.

Mila Zinkova, an US independent researcher and a retired computer scientist, said there is new evidence of strong solar activity on the fateful night of the sinking of the Harland and Wolff-constructed passenger liner.

The Belfast-built Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 15, 1912.