We’ve all read about that mysterious spot on the sea where ships and planets just seem to have mysteriously vanished. Yes, I’m talking about that scary Bermuda Triangle that has been a nightmare till this day. It is just one Vile Vortex on our planet.
There are 12 more such places, where science is haunted by mystery, collectively called the Vile Vortices, and just like their more famous member, they all own some really creepy stories on their name.
Even the scientists are quite unsure as to how these vile vortices happen. But what we can’t avert our eyes from are the strange phenomena, disappearances, and other terrifying tales that seem to commonly occur.
And if you’re looking for a way to spiral down more about the spooky, mysterious stories about these vile vortices, you’ve come to the right place.
So, let’s put on our tin foil hats and dive right in!
Explorer and biologist, Ivan T. Sanderson
Scottish biologist Ivan Sanderson, who also happened to have a deep interest in exploration, mysteries and science fiction, noticed certain zones that seemed to go strange. From spinning compasses to vanishing vessels – these incidences were too accurate to be co-incidences. He set out on a voyage to map these mysterious regions.
12 Vile Vortices
It’s clear to see how these vortices are spread out across the globe. Apart from the two that are located on the two poles of our planet – the remaining 10 are evenly scattered across the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Scientists believe that with such an even and controlled distribution, along with the distances between each other, there has to be some logical explanation for the anomalies but haven’t been able to find one.
So, let’s get started with the list of these mysterious regions on our planet.
1. Algerian Megaliths
Algerian megaliths are co-incidentally a burial ground located at the node between Algeria, Mali, and Mauritania. These lands are known for mysterious plane disappearances over the Sahara desert. Now whether there is some phenomenon surrounding these magnificent megaliths or is it just the curse of the burial grounds, we’re yet to figure out.
2. Bermuda Triangle.
Ah, the infamous Devil’s graveyard – the one that started it all! Whirling around Florida, Peurto Rico and Bermuda Islands, Bermuda Triangle has a long history of such mysterious theories surrounding its existence. So much so, that it had Hollywood spinning tales around it.
In the last 100 years, over 1000 people have lost their lives to the Bermuda Triangle, and just as many planes and ships have lost their way to this scary sea-dimple. Whether or not the paranormal is true, one has to admit that these are some scary numbers.
3. Devil’s Sea, Japan
Ma no Umi (jap.), loosely translating to Devil’s Sea, is quite a serious threat considered by Japan. And the historic Chinese lore, back from 1000 BC, that believed a dragon to be living under the sea that swallowed ships and men to satiate his hunger, only adds up to the title. Dubbing it as the Bermuda of the Pacific Ocean, Japanese officials request its’ people to steer clear of this vortex.
Many search operations and missions were deployed to unveil the mystery of the Devil’s Sea. But all of them were aborted due to sudden disappearances of the ships.
4. Easter Islands, Chile
There have been thousands of mysteries around the statues on Easter Island as to how were they moved, and these just add up to it. These megaliths are believed to have a certain alien connection as to how these heavy stoneworks were done, placed and arranged the way they are.
5. Hamakulia, Ring of Fire, Hawaii
Hamakulia Volcano is said to be particularly active (No wonder, as it’s a part of Ring of Fire), but also the strange lights and plane and ship disappearances put it in the league of the vile vortices.
Scientists also say that the area around the volcano is prone to piezomagnetic effects, which means that magnetization of rocks and strange electrical energy could be flowing throughout the region. So, it could be that planes and ships find that this interferes with their navigation equipment.
6. Mohenjo Daro
Mohenjo Daro is regarded as a beginning of one of the world’s oldest and smartest civilizations. Despite being an advanced civilization, it seemed to mysteriously vanish – all of it.
After its discovery in the 1920s, excavation began and archeologists came across the scattered corpses. Considering that Lord Shiva, the god of destruction, is pictured a lot in the city, many still believe that the city has some dark power to it. Considering this place fits into the Vile Vortices map, could it be that this dark power is what made the civilization of the Indus Valley mysteriously disappear?
7. Loyalty Islands, New Hebrides Trench
The Loyalty Islands to the East coast of Australia, harbor around New Hebrides Trench. Sailors have long reported strange and violently changing currents in the area, along with strange whirlpools and vortices of water. This makes for some pretty nasty sailing condition. Not to mention the many ships that have been lost while navigating the region.
In 2012, scientists also figured out that nearby islands established on maps and weather charts seem to have completely vanished.
8. South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA)
The Earth is surrounded by an inner and outer radiation belt. and guess where the inner radiation belt comes closer to earth – In the South Atlantic.This creates an area where the earth’s magnetic field is weak. Satellites going through this belt often experience malfunctions and glitches, and astronauts have noticed strange shooting star-ish lights.
SAA also causes serious problems for aircrafts’ navigation equipment. Planes disappear mysteriously in the area, which probably has something to do with navigational and electronic malfunctions.
This vortex is particularly interesting because the area itself has been extensively studied by NASA.
9. Wharton Basin, West of Australia
Yet another scare that our ‘Nope-land’ Australia has to offer. Along the floor of the ocean at Wharton Basin, there are many deep fractures, and different tectonic plates meet. Because of that, it faces quite a bit of seismic activity that’s has been studied extensively.
Remeber that Malaysian Airlines airplane, that vanished back in 2014? This area is the possible resting place of flight MH370. There’s no trace of the Malaysian plane, and though the search continues, we may never truly know what happened.
10. East Coast of Rio De Janeiro
Being a tourism capital, thousands of tourist swarm Rio De Janiero for its coastal grace. But what most of them don’t know is that they’re tanning right alongside a vile vortex. This one has proven to be one of the tamer vortices of the bunch, though the area has spurred its fair share of mysteries.
11. North Pole
Things have always been a little whacky around the poles, but could there be something paranormal going on? Sanderson thought yes, and someone who might agree with him is Captain Sir John Franklin.
Apparently, Santa’s abode isn’t that far from the Tin-foil-ville as the mystery theories regarding an expedition there.
In 1845, an expedition for the North Pole left from England in search of the North Pole. They never made it. All 129 men were lost, and few traces were found of them until after 150 years later. We now know that there was lots of death, cold, and eventually cannibalism. What stopped them on their road – whether it was the whether or something paranormal is something we may never know!
12. South Pole
South Pole, Antarctica now has a population of around 4,000 people, researchers living among the hub of penguins. Even still, this abundance of scientific professionals and yet to yield any concrete explanations for some of the region’s strange happenings.
A mysterious pyramidal rock formation vouches for an ancient civilization living under the thick layer of the continent’s ice. This is hard to verify because even today the South Pole is rarely visited or studied due to harsh weather conditions and great distance.
Though certain scientists believe that the secret behind the vile vortices is exceptionally strong or weak electromagnetic fields causing compasses go crazy, which explains it for the poles, but that for those at the tropical regions still haunt the scientists with the mystery and who knows how long it’ll take for us to decode their mystery