Titanic explorers take cover from hurricane

An approaching hurricane has prompted a ship that has been examining the Titanic wreckage on the ocean floor to return to St. John's.

An approaching hurricane has prompted a ship that has been examining the Titanic wreckage on the ocean floor to return to St. John's.

Researchers aboard the Jean Charcot have been using robotic cameras and cutting-edge acoustic technology to explore and produce three-dimensional maps of the Titanic wreckage.

The crew announced through its Twitter feed on Sunday that the approach of Hurricane Danielle led to the decision to leave the area.

Crew members said they would take refuge in St. John's for a few days while the hurricane passes.

Researchers have been working about 600 kilometres south of Newfoundland. The Titanic — which sank in April 1912 after striking an iceberg, killing 1,522 — is scattered over the ocean floor, almost four kilometres beneath the surface.

Danielle was expected to pass south of Newfoundland on Monday.

This weekend, RMS Titanic Inc. released some of the high-resolution images it has collected at the scene.