Sunda Trench


The '''Sunda Trench''' was the location where the faked wreckage of Flight 815 was discovered. It is the second deepest trench in the Indian Ocean and is located several hundred kilometers off of the southern and western shores of Indonesia. It was first specifically mentioned in he alternate reality game ''Find 815'' but was later mentioned in television PortalEpisodes as well. 

In {{ep}}, late in Season 3, Naomi Dorrit claimed an ocean trench off of Bali is where the wreckage of Flight 815 was discovered four miles deep, and, that people sent down robotic cameras to survey the wreck, locating all of the passengers bodies. In that same episode, Anthony Cooper stated essentially the same story, but did not mention the location of the discovered wreckage. Early in Season 4 in {{ep}}, an on-the-air television newscaster stated that a salvage vehicle, the ''Christiane I'', after searching for sunken trading ships for two months, discovered the aircraft wreckage in the Sunda Trench. This trench was subsequently also mentioned in the Lost The Complete Fourth Season (DVD).

{{I=Sunda Trench.jpg=160=left=The Sunda Trench}}
{{I=Sunda Islands.jpg=160=right=The Sunda Islands}}

The trench is a product of two major wikipediaPlate tectonics meeting, with the oceanic plate driving under the plate supporting the mainland. The Sunda Trench is approximately 3,200 kilometers long http// and over 7.7 kilometers (''4.8 miles'') deep.  Maximum depth measurements vary for the Sunda Trench at 7.5 to 8.0 kilometers, making it the 13th-15th deepest ocean trench in the world.  It is also commonly referred to as the ''Java Trench''.  The trench is named after the Sunda Islands, which form part of Indonesia. The Greater Sunda Islands bordering the trench are Sumatra and Java. Bali is the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands that border the trench. Presently, a sole location called "Sunda" does not exist. Centuries ago, Sunda was considered the ''region'' of Western Java. 

Extreme seismic activity in the western end of the Sunda Trench caused the December 2004 tsunami http// that devasted many northern Indian Ocean coastlines and low-lying islands.  The alleged crash location of Flight 815, south of Bali, is 2,500 kilometers from the tsunami epicenter, and was unaffected by any tidal impact http//


=Flight 815=

Note information garnered from ''Find 815'' is subject to semi-canon and non-canon policies described at Canon.

== Chapter 1 of Find 815 Sam Thomas' web search ==
{{I=sundra_webpage_image.png=160=right=Sunda map with locations of importance marked}}

Quoted from http// within Sam's browser

{{Quote=The Sunda Trench is an oceanic trench
located the Indian Ocean off the island of
Sumatra. Numerous aircraft and vessels 
have gone missing in the region of the 
trench over the year, giving it a somewhat
mysterious reputation akin to the 
Bermuda Triangle's.

The Sunda Trench is certainly situated in 
one of the most geologically violent spots in
the world it is near the collision point for
several tectonic plates, there are large 
numbers of active volcanoes in the area
and earthquakes are frequent. Some of the
devastating natural disasters that have 
occurred in the Sunda Trench region

-The 1815 volcanic eruption of Tombora on
Sumbawa Island, thought to be the most 
massive in recorded history.

-The 1883 volcanic eruption on Krakatoa
Island, an explosion so violent it was heard
5'000 km away.}}
{{I=Sunda_with_Tsunami.jpg=160=right=Sunda webpage with tsunami information}}
The following text was originally seen on the site in Sam's browser, but it has since been omitted.
{{Quote=-The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that 
caused the Boxing Day tsunami, killing over 
225,000 people.}}

* Although the information regarding the 2004 tsunami was removed from the browser on Sam's laptop, the star on the map and date of the tsunami (December 26, 2004) still remained for a while, accompanied by a yellow star representing the earthquake and tsunami which occurred on March 28, 2005.
* The star and legend on the map were later removed altogether, leaving no trace that the tsunami was ever mentioned or included on the web page.

== Chapter 2 of Find 815 http// Sunda Stories =={{I=Sunda_no_Tsunami.jpg=160=right=Sunda webpage with tsunami info removed}}
The ''Christiane I'' was docked at Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia (on Java). After Sam got aboard the ''Christiane I'', he found http// a website that listed notable planes and ships that had been lost in the '' Sunda Trench'' since 1566. {{crossref/January 8}}. It also made note of failures with electronics and compasses

The Sunda Trench

List of some notable planes and ships lost in the Sunda Trench

* 1566 -- Loss of Portugese trading vessel on trip from wikipediaAmbon Island
* 1693 -- Disappearance of noted early Dutch explorer Conrad Van Eyck
* 1815 -- British fighting vessel "Princess Mary" reported missing with all hands on trip from wikipediaCape Town
* 1914 -- Japanese steam freighter goes missing on expedition to wikipediaNew Guinea
* 1931 -- Dutch freighter vanishes returning from wikipediaTimor, crew of 29 on board
* 1933 -- British warship disappears during expedition
* 1937 -- Pilot involved in search for wikipediaAmelia Earhart disappears off coast of Sumatra
* 1944 -- Several American bombing planes go missing in region on routine mission, despite no reports of storms or enemy activity
* 1948 -- Dutch merchant ship SS wikipediaOurang Medan was found adrift off Indonesia with all of its crew dead. The ship subsequently caught on fire and sank.
* 1951 -- US submarine disappears during patrol of waters
* 1955 -- British plane en route to wikipediaThailand disappears with 7 crew and 13 passengers -- one week later a plane sent out on a rescue mission also vanishes
* 1957 -- US seaplane lost with 10 crewmen
* 1964 -- American aircraft carrying 55 military personnel to South wikipediaVietnam vanishes
* 1966 -- British navy boat on patrol during wikipediaIndonesian confrontation vanishes -- initially this loss was thought to be due to Indonesian military, but later release of classified documents from the Indonesian government indicated this was not the case
* 1973 -- French sailor disappears during round the world yacht expedition
* 1975 -- privately-owned plane carrying Minister in Indonesian government vanishes with 6 people on board
* 1981 -- wikipediaJapanese commercial plane with 2 pilots and 42 passengers disappears en route to Jakarta
* 1981 -- Pleasure craft captained by wikipediaWest Germany business tycoon disappears
* 1988 -- Indonesian commercial plane disappears over ocean, 238 people on board
* 1998 -- wikipediaTaiwan freighter lost
* 2003 -- ship wikipediaHigh Aim 6, 2002 - found floating in Australian waters without its crew on on January 8, 2003.

In addition to these, there have been reports of a high incidence of unexplained electronics failure in the area. Compasses have also been known to behave erratically.


* The ''High Aim 6'' was a real ship whose crew disappeared somewhere between Taiwan and Australia.
* There was no ''Princess Mary'' in the British Navy in 1815.
* No British Navy boat went missing in 1966 near Indonesia.
* Stories have been told of the S.S. Ourang Medan, but the existance of the ship and truth of the stories has never been established. No proof has ever been found to show that the ship existed.
* No US submarine went missing in 1951.
* No Dutch explorer named Conrad Van Eyck is known to have existed.

==Literary References==
* In Jonathan Swift's ''Gulliver's Travels'', Gulliver is first shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput. An illustration found in early editions of the book show that Lilliput is southwest of the Sunda Straits.

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frFosse de Java
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ptFossa Oceânica de Sunda
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