Chinese scientists report they recorded a small earthquake in the sea around the area where the missing plane MH370 was last spotted. They say it could be related. But it does not appear that way.
A team of seismologists at one of China’s top universities said they had detected a slight seismic event on the sea floor between Vietnam and Malaysia on March 8, which might be consistent with an airplane crashing into the sea, and possibly related to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
The Chinese scientists, with the university’s Laboratory of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior, said in their online statement that the signal they had picked up from two seismic monitor stations in Malaysia seemed to indicate that a slight tremor occurred on the sea floor at about 2.55am on March 8, some 150 kilometres off the southern tip of Vietnam.
This is questionable. First, the act of hitting an breaking up in the water would slow the impact with the ocean floor considerably. Even a direct hit would likely not register this high on a seismograph. Also, the US Geological Survey who records quakes in cooperation with other agencies around the world, located a magnitude-2.7 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra at the same time. That location (shown in the other blue circle in the graphic above), however, is a very active seismic zone with daily quakes. Other experts notes that this event is not related to a plane crash. It looks like a triagulation problem.