According to many well known, documented events & legends or myths, there are are between 12 Vile Vortice sites of mysterious disappearances on the Earth. Five lie along lines of latitude north of the Equator, Five south of the Equator, and one each at the magnetic poles. Included are The Devil's Sea & the Michigan Triangle to start.
The remaining are:
Algerian Megaliths - south of Timbuktu.
Easter Island - a Pacific Island.
Hamakulia - in the Hawaiian Islands.
Mohenjo-daro - in northwest Pakistan.
New Hebrides Trench - located just West of Vanuatu.
South Atlantic Anomaly - is an area where the Earth's inner Van Allen radiation belt comes closest to the Earth's surface.
The Alaska Vortex - from the south eastern region near Juneau and Yakutat, and all the way up north to the Barrow mountain range, and to Anchorage in the middle of the state.
The Bermuda Triangle - roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.
Wharton Basin - in the north east quarter of the Indian Ocean.
These vortices are the sites of many mysterious paranormal events, generally involving the unexplained lack of function of radars, radios, & compasses, to the disappearance of people, ships, and airplanes. These vortices remain unexplained, though theories abound from the paranormal to naturally occurring magnetic energy vortices.
Among the more famous and well documented incidents are:
The disappearance of Flight 19 in the Bermuda Triangle.
The Alaska Vortex is blamed for the 1972 disappearance of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Hale Bogg while traveling from Anchorage to Juneau with fellow State Representative Nick Begich with a highly experienced bushpilot. Their rapid and unexplained disappearance caused the largest air and sea manhunt to date including over 400 ships of the Navy and Coast Guard, all manner of aircraft from bushpilots to the United States Air Force's highly classified SR71's. The search was finally called off after 39 days, never having found a trace of either wreckage, man, or gear.
In The Dragon's Triangle (Devil's Sea), a region of the Pacific around Miyake Island, about 60 miles south of Tokyo, in the peacetime years between 1952-54 Japan lost 5 military vessels with crews, lost totalling over 700 people and that the Japanese government sent a research vessel with over 100 scientists on board to study the area, and that this ship too vanished; and finally that the area was officially declared a danger zone.
The Michigan Triangle has 3 occurances.
1. Captain George R. Donner, who commanded the Great Lakes freighter O.S. McFarland. While on a journey back from Erie, Pennsylvania after picking up 9,800 tons of coal, the ship made course westward through the lakes. It was slow going due to late spring ice floes, but the ship was making steady progress toward its destination, Port Washington, Wisconsin, when Donner disappeared.
On the night of April 28, 1937, the captain took to his cabin, with instructions to be awakened as the ship drew near to port. Some 3 hours later, with Port Washington growing close, the second mate appeared at the captain's cabin, prepared to awaken him, but found no one. He and the crew searched the ship, but the captain was nowhere to be seen. The mate reported that the cabin door was locked from the inside, adding to the mystery of the triangle. Reportedly, the McFarland was 30 miles northwest of Ludington, Michigan at the time of Donner's disappearance, Ludington is reputed to be the nexus of the Lake Michigan Triangle.
2. On June 23, 1950, a Northwest Airlines DC-4 aircraft carrying 55 passengers and 3 crew members. This flight 2501 had departed from New York City and was due to land at Minneapolis. The last radio contact recorded with the plane was that it was 3,500' over Battle Creek, Michigan and was going to change its course to a northwesterly path over Lake Michigan, due to bad weather near Chicago. After this, the plane disappeared and could not be raised by radio. Considerable light debris, upholstery, and human body fragments were found floating on the surface, but divers were unable to locate the plane's wreckage.
3. On July 3, 1998, an Aero Vodochody L-39C, N7868M, operated by a commercial pilot, was reported missing over Lake Michigan, in the vicinity west northwest of Traverse City, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and passenger on board were never found.
The South Atlantic Anomaly:
ROSAT was an X-ray observatory that flew during the 1990s. Its position sensitive proportional counters had to be turned off as it passed through the SAA to prevent severe damage.
In 1999, NASA launched the Terra Earth Observing System (TEOS) to study global climate change. As the system passed over the South Atlantic Anomaly, just one day after launch, an anomalously high current passed through its motor drive assembly, sending its antenna into safe mode and preventing it from communicating data to tracking and data relay system satellites.
In 2001, NASA's MODIS satellite was rendered inoperative as it passed through the SAA. It took over two weeks to get the satellite back on line.
The Hubble Space Telescope experiences gyroscope failures and errors in communications as it passes through the SAA1,
The SAA causes random upsets in the altimeter of the Topex satellite as it flies at an altitude of 621 miles.
Space Shuttle observations are interrupted by instrument disruptions when the Columbia passes through the SAA2.
Astronauts report seeing random flashes of light, with their eyes closed. These flashes are believed to be caused by particles striking sensitive areas of the retina.
These vortices remain unexplained, though theories abound from the paranormal to naturally occurring magnetic energy vortices.