The Center Vortex is the name that quantum chromodynamics (QCD) has given to the magnetic flux tubes that keep the quarks confined in the nucleons: namely protons and neutrons.
The observation of triangular shaped holes punched into the structure and the ash of the LION reactor indicates that the flux tubes that are emanating from the LENR agent and are producing the LION LENR activity is destabilizing the matter that has been removed from those triangular holes.
How can this excavation of matter happen?
The process that might cut those magnetic flux tubes that are keeping those quarks confined is called magnetic flux tube re-connection.
When the quarks are in there lowest energy state, the flux tube interconnection is at its lowest energy potential. When the quarks are being forced apart, the flux tube interconnection converts the applied energy into more magnetic flux lines. This continues until a force of 12 tons is reached. You just can't pull quarks apart because the quarks will use that applied disruptive energy to make their confinement energy stronger.
But when a LENR generated flux lines gets close to a quark interconnection flux tube, the LENR flux tube cuts the quark magnetic connection and intercepts the quark magnetic interconnection. The LENR agent now has a direct magnetic connection to the quark(s) of one or more nucleons and holds onto them. In the cannon duel flux tube holes, a blob of matter looks like it was shot out of one hole and lands between the mated flux tube pair. This shows how the LENR agent can move matter using magnetic flux lines in the form of quark matter.
Two magnetic flux tubes rise and interact. The first tube creates an ambient field for the second tube to rise into.
The LENR agent can now possibly have a boatload of quarks in tow as it moves along its way.