A vile vortex is any of twelve purported particular geographic areas, arranged in a pattern around the Earth. The term was coined in the 20th century by Ivan T. Sanderson, who cataloged them as the sites of unexplained disappearances and other mysterious phenomena.
The Twelve Vile Vortices
Algerian Megaliths, North Africa
Indus Valley, Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan
Devil's Sea, near Japan
Hamakulia Volcano, near Hawaii
In the dramatized TV episode "The Devil's Graveyards" by History Channel, the phenomenon is explored as a result of magnetism, also citing Sanderson and a variety of other scientific sources. The show attributes a pattern of violent animal behavior and global warming to vile vortices, based on the magnetic changes in the Earth's rotation, with the vortices having been possibly created or exacerbated by intelligent means.